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Eurostat News: Women Make Up 41% of Scientists and Engineers in the Workforce


Feb 13, 2024

In 2022, the EU saw an increase in the number of female scientists and engineers, reaching almost 7.3 million, which accounted for 41% of the total employment in science and engineering. The majority of these women were employed in the service sector, making up 46% of scientists and engineers in this area. In contrast, only 22% of those working in manufacturing were women.

The proportion of female scientists and engineers varied among EU Member States in 2022, with Denmark, Lithuania, and Bulgaria having the highest percentages at 53%, 52%, and 51% respectively. On the other hand, Hungary, Finland, and Germany had the lowest percentages at 31%, 32%, and 34%.

Scientists and Engineers are categorized as those working in science and technology, which includes occupations involved in the systematic generation, advancement, diffusion, and application of scientific and technological knowledge. This category also encompasses technicians and associated professionals.

The regions with the highest proportions of women employed in science and technology in 2022 were Lithuania, the French region of Corse, and Latvia, while the lowest percentages were observed in the Italian region of Nord-Ovest, Malta, and the Italian region of Sud.

This news item aligns with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which is celebrated on 11 February.

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