Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Paul Dowling from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Paul Dowling

Horticulturist

Teagasc

Read more

Paul Dowling
Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
Close

Social?
Social
The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Close
Study Skills
Other
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation

Occupation Details

logo imagelogo image

Illustrator

Job Zone

Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
Previous work-related skills, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, several years of full or part-time employment in the area may suffice.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognised apprenticeship or training program may be associated with these occupations.

Job Zone Examples
These occupations usually involve using communication and organisational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

€22k > 50
Technical/Scientific Illustrator
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€22 - 50
Related Information:
Entrant: 22 - 25
Established: 32 - 50
Data Source(s):
CareersPortal

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Return to List
Saves this course to your Career File if you are registered.

At a Glance... header image

Illustrators are fine artists who convey ideas, facts and feelings using the skills of painting and drawing and their own creativity.


Videos & Interviews header image

Follow the links below to watch videos related to this occupation:

Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site


Go..Search YouTube for Illustrator videos

The Work header image

An illustrator uses creative skills in art and design to communicate a story, a message or an idea.

Illustrators typically work to commercial briefs to inform, persuade or entertain a client's intended audience, adjusting the mood and style of images accordingly.

Tools used vary and may include pens, pencils, paints and airbrush techniques. Many illustrators use computer graphics and photographic techniques in their work.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

bullet

Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.

bullet

Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.

bullet

Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.

bullet

Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Internet websites.

bullet

Review final layouts and suggest improvements as needed.

bullet

Prepare illustrations or rough sketches of material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes.

bullet

Use computer software to generate new images.

bullet

Key information into computer equipment to create layouts for client or supervisor.

bullet

Maintain archive of images, photos, or previous work products.

bullet

Prepare notes and instructions for workers who assemble and prepare final layouts for printing.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

bullet

Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

bullet

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

bullet

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

bullet

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others: Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

bullet

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

bullet

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

bullet

Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

bullet

Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

bullet

Selling or Influencing Others: Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

bullet

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

bullet

Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

bullet

Communications and Media: Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

bullet

English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

bullet

Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

bullet

Fine Arts: Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

bullet

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

bullet

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

bullet

Operations Analysis: Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

bullet

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

bullet

Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

bullet

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

bullet

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

bullet

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

bullet

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

bullet

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As an illustrator, you will need to be observant, with a good visual sense and drawing ability. You should also have an interest in the subject matter, whether it is technology, science or natural history. You must be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail. You will need to be able to use computer graphics software packages in your work. It is also important that you are flexible and can carry out a range of work.


Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site

Go..Illustrator - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Illustrator - from: GradIreland

Related Occupationsheader image

Contactsheader image

bullet

Organisation: Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI)
Address: 12 Coldbath Square London EC1R 5HL
Tel: +44 0207 837 2846
Email: Click here
Url Click here

Job Search


Career Guidance

This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests...


...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Art, Craft & Design

Search for Related Courses from Qualifax - the National Learners Database

Go..