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Professionals growing at over 5% annually

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THE growth in the number of registered professionals exceeded 5% between 2010 and 2016, led by teachers, the largest contingent of workers required to pass board examinations, the labor department said.

According to the JobsFit 2022 Labor Market Information report of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), “From 2010 to 2016, the number of registered professionals increased by an average of 5.3% yearly,” the report said.

The number of registered professionals per year were as follows: 3.015 million in 2010; 3.182 million in 2011; 3.353 million in 2012; 3.529 million in 2013; 3.741 million in 2014; 3.920 million in 2015; and 4.122 million in 2016.

Of the 44 professions in 2016, new teachers accounted for the biggest share of passers of certification exams, followed by nurses (21%), midwives (4%) civil engineers (4%), Certified Public Accountants (4%), and criminologists (3%).

Also over the same period, JobsFit reported: “There was an evident increase in the numbers of professional customs brokers, electronic engineers, psychologists, psychometricians, radiologic technologists, real estate appraisers, real estate brokers, real estate consultants, and respiratory therapists.” — Gillian M. Cortez