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Analytical Chemist

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Science is a fascinating subject and you truly have to immerse yourself in it. When you do the rewards are fantastic. It is of course a tough subject but once complete you learn how to solve many problems yourself.
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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Employers in Ireland report difficulties in recruiting staff for the following occupations. This information is derived from the EGFSN (Expert Group on Future Skills Needs) along with current media reports. Many of these occupations are also expected to remain in demand for the coming few years.

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Leaving Certificate plus professional award

Analyses financial information and prepares financial reports to determine or maintain a record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organisation.

 
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Level 6 Cert + Professional qualification

Prepares and provides financial records and information for both accountants and financial managers.

 
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<p>Level 8 Honours Degree that involves maths as a major subject plus Professional body award.</p>

Uses mathematical and statistical methods to assess financial probabilities for projects found mainly in the insurance industry.

 
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Leaving Certificate plus professional award

Creates an advertising campaign for a client. Work involves marketing and packaging of products, market research, exhibitions and public relations services.

 
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Degree in Medicine

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in preventing patients from feeling pain whilst they undergo surgery and other medical procedures.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
Demand is in niche areas

Analytical Chemists study the exact chemical composition of natural and artificial materials.

 
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Level 5 or 6 award along with on-the-job training required

Designs and creates an app for just about any computing device, from desktop computers to mobile devices. Once the app exists, the developer will help test it and correct any bugs prior to the launch of the app.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

An Auditor is a Professional Accountant who has undergone further post qualification training.

 
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Find and diagnose faults in the electrical wiring and electrical/electronic parts of motor vehicles.

 
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<p>Level 7 Degree or greater.</p>
Demand is in niche areas

Engaged in the design, development and implementation of sensor and robotic systems for applications the technology sector.

 
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Most managers would have third level qualifications
Demand is in niche areas

Plans, directs and co-ordinate activities of workers in bank/financial setting. Establish and maintain relationships with clients, oversees the flow of cash and financial instruments.

 
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Works with the collection and analysis of massive amounts of data obtained from computer and internet users.

 
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Engineering Degree
Demand is in niche areas

Biochemical engineering is a branch of chemical engineering which applies technological advancements to biological materials.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
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Studies the chemistry of animals and plants and analyses their cells and tissues.

 
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Science Degree
Demand is in niche areas

Studies, analyses and collects information about both plant and animal life.

 
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Level 8/9 Degree in Engineering
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Develops devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems by combining their knowledge of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices.

 
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A scientist who specialises in the investigation and research of the science of disease.

 
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Junior/Leaving Certificate + Cert or Diploma in Construction or related studies.

Supervise, control and co-ordinate the construction of building, civil engineering, engineering and architectural projects on-site.

 
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A Business Degree or greater with a great deal of expreience in the world of business.
Demand is in niche areas

Provides objective advice, expertise and specialist skills with the aim of creating value, maximising growth or improving the business performance of their clients.

 
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Degree or greater

Provides objective advice, expertise and specialist skills with the aim of creating value, maximising growth or improving the business performance of their clients.

 
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No formal entry requirements. However. courses in buisness studies are an advantage.

Involved in the creation and development of new business opportunities for a company.

 
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Leaving Certificate + Further Cooking Training

Works in a kitchen preparing food, organising supplies and supervising staff.

 
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Third Level degree in Chemistry or Engineering

Researches, designs and plans the processes involved in the production of chemicals.

 
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Demand is in niche areas

Chemical plant process technicians monitor the equipment and machinery used to make chemical products including colourants like dyes and paints, drugs and medicines and fertilisers.

 
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Science Degree in chemistry. applied or analytical chemistry. biochemistry or a related.
Demand is in niche areas

Researches and analyses the content and structure of chemical substances.

 
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Provides technical assistance to chemists by setting up equipment, preparing and carrying out experiments and taking measurements.

 
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Children's nurses care for babies, children and adolescents. They apply their specialist knowledge to the particular needs and problems of children and their families.

 
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Junior Certificate plus Apprenticeship

Assists with the preparation, cooking and presentation of food and in the running of the restaurant.

 
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Level 7 Degree or greater in relevant discipline

Plans, directs, or coordinates activities of an organisation to ensure compliance with ethical or legal standards.

 
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Multilingual skills required

Computer support specialists offer telephone, email or web-based support to people who are having problems with computer hardware or software.

 
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Level 7 or 8 Degree

Writes, edits and alters Application Software Programs for computers.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater
Multilingual skills required

Installs, maintains and repairs computer systems and computer hardware.

 
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Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor's Degree or greater

Assesses the repairs and alterations needed to be made to all types of buildings and structures.

 
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Typically Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor Degree in larger companies. or equivalent on-the-job experience

Responsible for ensuring a companies income is maximised and bad debtors are minimised by implementing the company’s credit control procedures.

 
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Leaving Certificate + Further Training
Multilingual skills required

Responsible for dealing with customer queries and complaints, and ensuring fare trading between a customer and a company.

 
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Multilingual skills required

The customer services manager ensures that all staff work to their company's standard in satisfying each customer's requirement, enquiry or complaint politely and efficiently.

 
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Leaving Certificate + Further training
Multilingual skills required

Manages telephone interactions with customers, using appropriate processes, tools and systems to address the customers needs.

 
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Performs analysis of data and works out how the findings of the analysis can best be applied to profit the business.

 
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Demand is in niche areas

Builds and maintains a virtualised data service layer that can draw data from any source and make it available across organisations in a consistent, easy-to-access manner. 

 
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Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor Degree or greater in IT area

Supervises and controls the creation and maintenance of databases and record filing systems.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Works on the technical design of new products, selecting materials, researching manufacturing processes, testing prototypes etc.

 
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<p>Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree</p>

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in examing, treating and advising sick people in a local GP surgery, or in a hospital setting.

 
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 Level 9 Award in related subject area

Analyses financial information to forecast future economic trends.

 
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Level 8 Honours Degree

Works in industrial, commercial and domestic environments designing, installing and testing electrical hardware.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
Demand is in niche areas

Researches, designs, develops, and tests electronic components and systems for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.

 
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Level 7 or 8 Degree in Engineering
Demand is in niche areas

Works on ways of producing energy from renewable or sustainable sources such as wind power, solar power or biofuels, or on more traditional sources such as oil and gas.

 
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Level 6 Cert or equivalent
Demand is in niche areas

Designs, modifies, and tests machinery under the direction of a mechanical engineer.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater + experience
Demand is in niche areas

Works with a company helping to pursue new, international markets for their products. The work involves identifying potential clients, establishing contacts and bridging a language or culture gap to establish a trading partnership.

 
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Degree

Advises people on how to get the most from their financial earnings and savings.

 
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Level 7/8 Degree or greater

Searches for trends in stock markets, and decides where to invest funds to minimise risk and maximise profit.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater
Demand is in niche areas

Analyse the properties of food and the effects of processing, freezing and storing food.

 
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Operates a forklift truck transporting heavy goods to and from difficult places.

 
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Ensures that cargo is moved quickly and efficiently between countries by organising the most efficient and cost effective transportation of goods.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Prepares bank account reconciliation, deals with cash transfers, bonds and equity settlements.

 
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<p>Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree</p>

Works in a hospital or clinic caring for patients and assisting doctors and surgeons with their treatment.

 
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No formal education requirements.
Demand is in niche areas

Responsible for the delivery and collection of goods throughout Ireland, the UK and on the continent.

 
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Degree (Various disciplines)

Responsible for recruitment of staff, internal staff development, employee training and development.

 
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<p>Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree</p>

Tends to the special needs of people with intellectual disabilities, working in either residential or community services.

 
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Level 8 Honours Degree + further professional qualification
Works in partnership with clients, advising them how to use information technology in order to meet their business objectives or overcome problems. 
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Level 6 Cert or greater (IT or Business)
Demand is in niche areas
Supervises and manages the running of a computer department. 
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Level 6 Cert or greater
Demand is in niche areas

Manages computer systems within an organisation and handles any problems that arise.

 
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Demand is in niche areas

Implements and monitors security protocols at the development stages of software systems, networks and data centres.

 
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Level 7 Degree in business related area
Demand is in niche areas

Organises and plans the movement of products and materials from suppliers to customers.

 
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Degree + Professional Exam

Provides professional management advice and direction to businesses and associations.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Has expertise in a wide range of manufacturing technologies and computer and management control systems.

 
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No formal education requirements.

Helps to design, develop and improve the systems that convert raw materials into finished products.

 
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Degree or higher
Multilingual skills required

Organises the analysis of a market for a product or service.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater
Multilingual skills required

Carries out surveys by interviewing people in person and over the telephone.

 
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Degree or higher
Multilingual skills required

Supervises and plans a market strategy for a company's product or service.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
Demand is in niche areas

Performs engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment.

 
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Level 7 or 8 Degree in Science
Multilingual skills required

Works to ensure doctors and hospital medical staff are aware of, buy and subsequently use their company's products.

 
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Junior/Leaving Certificate + FAS Apprenticeship
Demand is in niche areas
Makes steel girders and metal structures for use in the construction of buildings and other heavy duty equipment. 
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Science Degree with Microbiology as major subject.
Demand is in niche areas

Studies and researches micro-organisms like bacteria and algae.

 
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Plans, designs, implements and troubleshoots computer networks.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Cares for pregnant women during both the pregnancy and the birth.

 
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RANPs - Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioners - are the highest level of clinical experts in the nursing profession in Ireland.

 
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<p>Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree</p>

The prescribing of medicinal products is a new role for nurses and midwives in Ireland in order to meet the needs of patients/clients and the community in general.

 
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Honours Degree required - available only in the UK through UCAS application

Diagnoses and treats difficulties with human eye movement.

 
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Level 9 Award

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in treating sick children and new-born babies.

 
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Demand is in niche areas

Sets-up and controls the equipment which enables a patient's heart and lungs to work during open heart surgery.

 
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Degree plus additional professional human resource qualification.

Plans, directs, and coordinates the human resource management activities of an organisation.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater

Recruits, trains and develops staff, supervises staff schemes and organises company social events.

 
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FAS Training Centre in Tallaght runs a 6-week Construction Plant Operative course.
Shortage of computer numeric control operatives

Prepares building sites by excavating, moving, placing and shaping soil or other materials.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelors Degree in related subject

Investigate the behaviour of materials under different conditions, to support advances in technology in a range of industries.

 
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Demand is in niche areas

A Polymer (or Plastics) technician works in the in the manufacturing sector in a range of industries. 

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater
Multilingual skills required
Responsible for business planning and supplying product information and support for the direct sales teams. 
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Third Level degree in Chemistry or Engineering

Develop economical industrial processes that make the huge range of products on which modern society depends, e.g: food and drink; fuel; artificial fibres; pharmaceuticals; chemicals; electronics, plastics; and clean water.

 
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Degree

Helps people to restore and maintain mental health and may also have an educative role in the prevention of psychiatric illness.

 
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Third Level degree in Science
Demand is in niche areas

Checks and tests materials and finished goods towards ensuring that they meet production standards.

 
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Degree plus on-the-job training.
Demand is in niche areas

Works to ensure Good Manufacturing Practice requirements are met and that international standards are adhered to.

 
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<p>Level 7 Degree or greater.</p>

Designs, installs, and evaluates quality assurance systems, procedures, and measuring techniques

 
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Degree in quantity surveying.

Calculates the cost of building projects, taking into account labour, materials, taxes and maintenance costs.

 
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Specialist trained in the use of radiological equipment, including X-ray, CT and MRI scans to take pictures of parts of the body where illness or injury is known or suspected.

 
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Demand is in niche areas

Specialises in radiation therapy (the use of high-energy x-rays or other particles) to treat cancer, by killing cancer cells.

 
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Level 8 Honours Degree + training
Demand is in niche areas

Plans and carries out experiments and investigations to increase scientific knowledge in a range of areas such as life sciences, including physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, plant sciences.

 
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Level 7/8 Degree + professional qualifications

Responsible for identifying and analysing areas of potential financial risk that threaten the assets, earning capacity or success of an organisation.

 
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Leaving Certificate + relevant experience
Multilingual skills required

Sells a company's products and services to other companies, associations and the general public.

 
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Multilingual skills required

Salespeople sell goods and services to individuals and to businesses.

 
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<p>Level 9 Award in related subject area</p>
Demand is in niche areas

Works in exploration or research in an area such as biology, chemistry, or physics, that deals with the objects, phenomena, or laws of nature and the physical world.

 
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Demand is in niche areas

Works to increase a website's visibility on the internet.