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Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!

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The National Skills Bulletin 2017

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The National Skills Bulletin 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017 

The National Skills Bulletin 2017

The National Skills Bulletin 2017 is the thirteenth in an annual series of reports produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS and the first to be produced on behalf of the National Skills Council (NSC).

2017’s Bulletin provides an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level, by examining a variety of indicators on demand and supply. The Bulletin sets out to inform policy formulation in the areas of employment, education/training, career guidance and immigration. It also aims to assist students, job seekers, persons returning to the labour force, investors and employers in making labour market decisions.

Ireland continued to experience strengthening labour market during 2016 with further improvements in many labour market indicators such as labour force increases and employment rate increase, with long term unemployment falling by over 30,000, carrying on a consistent trend in recent years.

Strong employment growth was seen in the construction and ICT sectors, with all sectors showing an increase on last year. Despite these improvements, challenges remain in relation to outward migration, new entrants to the labour market and persons with less than higher secondary education attainment.

The occupational guides, containing information on hundreds of occupations has been updated to incorporate the latest labour market information from the National Skills Bulletin. They can be searched here.


Skills shortages

Some of the most relevant findings of the report for those planning a career include the reports extensive exploration of skills shortages across all industries. While shortages exist for many occupations across all sectors of the economy, many of these are small in magnitude and niche areas requiring many years’ experience.’s searchable database of jobs in demand, derived from the National Skills Bulletin 2017, that can be found here.

Science - chemists/analytical scientists, quality control analyst including pharma co-vigilance

Engineering - process and design, quality control/quality assurance, automation, validation/computer validation system, chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, technicians: quality assurance/control, process

ICT - software developers, engineers: network database, QA, automated performance tester, systems/solutions architects, database architects, web design, InfoSec (IT security), IoT, cyber security analyst, data/information security, network security, business intelligence, IT managers and business analysts, IT technicians.

Business and financial – accounting, business intelligence and risk analysis, data analytics, FinTech, financial management/financial analysis and multilingual financial clerks Healthcare - medical practitioners, nurses and radiographers.

Construction professionals - construction project managers and quantity surveyors.

Construction craft - curtain wallers, glaziers steelfixer, steel erectors, pipelayers, shuttering carpentry, shift managers and supervisors.

Transport - purchasing managers and senior buyers, distribution specialists with technical expertise and administrative roles in procurement.

Sales & customer service - technical sales and vendor managers/CRM roles with European languages Operatives - qualified CNC and production operatives.

Growth by sector

Chart below displays sectoral employment growth between Q4 2015 and Q4 2016 as reported in the Solas National Skills Bulletin 2017.

*Note, the report warns that estimates of employment in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors are sensitive to sample changes over time and growth rates in these sectors should be interpreted with caution


Read the full report here.

The CareersPortal Team