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Wages Too Low to Entice New Teachers

The future Sweden will have too few teachers and too many economists, a new report by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education holds. Not enough people are seeking training to become teachers and recreation instructors, at the same time as interest for careers in economics and journalism soars to unsustainable heights.

According to Örjan Hemström at the Education Agency, careers in teaching need to be made more financially attractive for the gap to close.

“Wages are too low in many of these professions,” he told news agency TT.

Sweden also has a shortage of doctors and dentists, but the reasons for this development do not lie in insufficient compensation. In this case, it’s not the wages that are the problem, but rather that Swedish universities don’t offer enough spots for medical training to supply the country’s demand.

But students studying to become economists, lawyers, journalists, and culture workers may have a hard time finding a job in three to five years, as the labor market just can’t absorb the high number of graduates.

Yet Hemström says that universities should not be tempted to drastically cut down the number of spots in such course programs.

The need for lawyers and economists “can be bigger than what can be seen in the prognoses,” he maintained.

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