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This is where scientists work

Scientific competence is essential and is in demand across the entire labour market in Sweden. You have countless career opportunities! Scientists can make the greatest contributions in the most unlikely places.

Scientists possess the relevant competence to solve many of the challenges society is currently facing. Green investments for the environment, climate and nature conservation in the Swedish Government's 2017 budget bill and the UN sustainability goals clearly underline the necessity of scientific competence.

On this site you can find labour market information for scientists generally.

We also offer more detailed information for scientists within the various scientific fields in Swedish.

Current labour market for scientists

Scientists work within all the sectors of the labour market, however most work in the private sector. The diagram shows the percentage distribution.

One clear trend is that increasing numbers of scientists work within the service sector. Jobs are becoming more knowledge-intensive and there is increasing demand for competence within environment, climate, security and energy.

Important business areas for scientists

Many scientists work in the following fields:

  • life sciences
  • health and medical care
  • environment and nature conservation
  • agriculture and forestry
  • foodstuffs
  • social structure
  • IT

Common operating areas for scientists

Scientists often work with:

  • research and development
  • administration
  • laboratories
  • inspection
  • advisory services
  • project management and strategic operations
  • studies and investigations

Labour market prognosis for scientists

According to Naturvetarna's forecasts, there will be an overall balance as concerns scientists on the labour market in a five-year perspective, i.e. demand will be generally the equivalent of supply.

Labour market forecasts for 2023 are as follows

Less competition for jobs: Balance:
Environmental engineers Agronomists and surveyors
Biomedical analysts Biologists
Animal carers Biomedical specialists
Dieticians and nutritionists Physicists and hospital physicists
IT and computer experts Geologists and natural geographers
Chemists Horticulturalists, landscape engineers and garden engineers
Mathematicians and statisticians Foresters, forestry experts and forest rangers
  Environmental specialists 

Source: Framtidsutsikter 2018 by Saco and Naturvetarna (in Swedish).

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