Almost half of all employees in Switzerland work in areas requiring highly skilled workers. High-tech products form the cornerstone of the country’s economic success and exceptional reputation. Around one quarter of all high-tech products are exported.
An internationally unrivaled life sciences cluster is located in northern Switzerland. Alongside chemical and pharmaceutical corporations such as Novartis, Roche, and Syngenta, there is also a dense network of companies from the medical technology, biotech, and nano technology sectors. Within the industrial sector, the engineering, electrical, and metal industries are of key importance. International major players such as ABB, Alstom, Bombardier, Saurer, and Schindler are present in Switzerland. Between Geneva and Schaffhausen lies a precision cluster, where the rich tradition of Swiss watchmaking is most established. Switzerland is also growing in importance within the information and communications industry. International companies such as IBM, Google, Microsoft, Siemens, Disney, and HP have set up camp around Swiss universities and their research institutes. In the cleantech branch, Switzerland has made particularly impressive contributions towards recycling and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.
Read more about Switzerland’s key business sectors and download the corresponding fact sheets.
Information and communications technology (ICT) is a key area for the Swiss economy.
The Swiss mechanical, electrical, and metal industry (MEM) is the largest industrial employer in Switzerland with more than 330,000 employees.
Switzerland is home to one of the world's most unique life science clusters.