Fewer librarians, more nurses, please

September 14, 2007

Sweden will have too many graduates qualified as journalists, scientists and secondary school teachers and a shortage of dentists, doctors and pre-school teachers unless the balance of places on university courses is changed, the country's higher education agency has warned.

A Swedish National Agency for Higher Education report says there will be too many humanities graduates, pharmacists, architects and librarians but too few vocational studies teachers, engineers, psychologists and psychotherapists, nurses, theologians, lawyers and biomedical analysts.

It says more places are needed in care-based subjects and some technology areas, teacher training places should be redistributed, and areas of the professions experiencing staff shortages should be made more attractive.

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