Sweden's most common jobs
Assistant nurses, personal assistants and salesmen; there you have them, the three most common job categories in Sweden. "The public sector is clearly holding many jobs and will continue to do so,” says Håkan Gustavsson, analyst at Arbetsförmedlingen (the Swedish Employment Service). Every year since 2001, Statistics Sweden has been ranking the most common jobs in Sweden, and ever since the beginning, assistant nurses has topped the list. "These tables are pretty stable,” continues Gustavsson. "The common jobs, such as salesman and assistant nurse, will continue to be big in the future also.” However, the Swedish labor market will also see major changes; Gustavsson says the jobs that today do not demand an education will be replaced by academic professions. Taking care of children, for instance, which is number four on the list of most common jobs today, is expected to be an unusual job in the future. ”Child care is a profession that’s affected by the municipalities, and they want a more academic staff, they’d rather hire a preschool teacher or a ”fritidspedagog” (recreational instructor), when they hire new personnel,” says Gustavsson. According to him the changes will happen very slowly, it’s more a structural issue, rather than a sudden fall, the way he sees it.

New professorship for gambling addiction
Sweden may soon get its first professorship in gambling addiction, thanks to an agreement between Svenska spel, Lund University and Region Skåne. "We see that there’s an increase in the number of people for whom gambling becomes a problem. We have to find new solutions for this,” says Hannie Lundgren, research director at Region Skåne in an interview with Swedish Radio. Uppsala University is also vying for such a professorship, so the two universities may have to compete for the merit.