Definition: Technicians and associate professionals
Research and development
This major group includes occupations whose main tasks require technical knowledge and experience in one or more fields of physical and life sciences, or social sciences and humanities. The main tasks consist of carrying out technical work connected with the application of concepts and operational methods in the above-mentioned fields, and in teaching at certain education levels. Most occupations in this major group require skills at the ISCED category 5. Most occupations in this major group require skills at the third ISCO skill level.
Technicians and associate professionals include people that either belong in ISCO major group 3 or have attained an education equivalent to ISCED level 5. There is a correspondence between the two, which is why in the previous version of this document the explanatory texts for "Technicians and associate professionals" and "Technicians and associate professionals group" are exactly the same.
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat), "The measurement of scientific and technological activities; manual on the measurement of human resources devoted to S&T; Canberra Manual", OECD, Paris, 1995, p. 23 and 98