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 Brian Kelly from BioPharmachem Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

Brian Kelly

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BioPharmachem Ireland

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Brian Kelly
Go for it!  But realise that its not going to be easy and things take time and there are LOTS of sacrifices to make. Also make sure you learn from your mistakes - because you will make them. It is really only a mistake if you don't learn from it.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Involved in the creation and development of new business opportunities for a company.

 
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Care assistants provide basic personal care and social care to children and young people in a number of settings, including special schools, day centres and residential homes.

 
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Junior/Leaving Certificate + FAS Apprenticeship
Demand is in niche areas
The craft of carpentry and joinery is varied. It includes setting out, production and assembly of joinery such as stairs, doors, windows, floors and built-in furniture. 
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Leaving Certificate + Further Cooking Training
Demand is in niche areas

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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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.
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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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Level 8 Honours Degree

Works on the design and construction of structures like bridges, roads and railways.

 
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Multilingual skills required

Works as part of a sales team typically acting as the main point of contact for the organisation’s clients.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater
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Responsible for the monitoring and control of commercial loans.

 
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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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Multilingual skills required

Computer/software sales assistants work in stores selling computers and computer-related goods. They help customers choose the products that best meet their needs.

 
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Demand is in niche areas

Computer assembly technicians build computers from parts, such as circuit boards, disk drives, modems, cables and switches.

 
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IT Degree
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Computer hardware engineers work with the mechanical, electrical and electronic parts of computers. They design and develop computers, computer components and the computerised parts of other appliances.

 
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Level 7 or 8 Degree

Writes, edits and alters Application Software Programs for computers.

 
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<p>Level 7 Degree or greater.</p>

Computer science involves the design and architecture of computers, the development of programmes and the effective construction of systems. Modern computer science is involved in every aspect of industry and business and underpins every aspect of our personal lives.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree in a computer related area.

Maintain and administer computer networks and related computing environments including computer hardware, systems software, applications software, and all necessary configurations.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Analyses the needs of the end users of computers and writes specifications for programmers and technicians.

 
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Multilingual skills required

Computer systems sales managers sell computer hardware and software to commercial customers. They give advice about appropriate equipment.

 
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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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Junior/Leaving Certificate + FAS Apprenticeship

Service and maintains all the equipment and machinery used on construction plants.

 
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Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor Degree or greater
Demand is in niche areas

Responsible for the management of sales to corporate clients.

 
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No formal education requirements. Training available from FAS (3 day)
Operates a crane to lift heavy loads on a building site or in a factory. 
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Leaving Certificate + Further Training. For example FETAC Level 5 Award in Childcare is usually the
Provides a day care service for parents with young children or babies. 
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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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Uses strong business acumen, coupled with an ability to communicate data findings to influence how an organisation approaches business challenges.

 
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Manages the quality and security of an organisation's information.

 
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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
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Analyses financial information to forecast future economic trends.

 
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Control engineers research, design, develop and manage the equipment used to monitor and control a wide range of systems and machinery.

 
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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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Television service engineers repair television, radio, video and hi-fi equipment.

 
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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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Demand is in niche areas

Engineers design, develop, improve and maintain a vast range of the technology that surrounds us, from sports trainers to roads, tunnels and bridges, and from light bulbs to space satellites.

 
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Demand is in niche areas

Engineering craft machinists set up and operate a wide range of engineering machines. They use the machines to shape metal, for example, by cutting, grinding and boring.

 
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Engineering machine operators are responsible for controlling machines such as lathes, borers, presses and drills, which are used to make engineering parts.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater
Demand is in niche areas

Helps engineers and architects to organise the construction of structures like bridges, roads and railways.

 
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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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Examines the presence and impact of certain chemicals in soil and water.

 
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Engineering related degree.
Demand is in niche areas

Environmental engineers focus on projects related to natural resources rather than man-made projects and prioritise environmental protection and conservation in design and development projects.

 
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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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Junior/Leaving Certificate + FAS Apprenticeship

Repairs, services and maintains industrial machinery.

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

 
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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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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
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An investment expert whose job it is to seek out and manage the best investment opportunities for a clients funds.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
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Supervises a team of Fund Administrators to ensure all investment trades are acted upon and completed in good time. 
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Computer games programmers turn the ideas and specifications of games designers into games that people can actually play.

 
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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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Level 8 Honours Degree in Science

Studies the make-up and behaviour of chemicals, the way they react with each other and how they can be used in industrial processes such as producing plastics, pharmaceuticals or silicon chips.

 
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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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Leaving Certificate + Further training
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Contacts new and existing customers to discuss their needs.Identifies products and services based of their knowledge of customer needs.

 
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Investment bankers provide financial services for governments, institutions and companies. They advise on such issues as; shares, takeover bids, acquisitions and mergers.

 
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Relevant undergraduate Certificate or greater
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Investment fund managers make the investment decisions to try to increase the value of a fund: where a group of people (shareholders) pool their savings to invest in financial assets, typically securities or shares.

 
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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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Level 6 Cert or greater
Multilingual skills required

Provides detailed information about a products technical specifications and suitability to a customer's needs.

 
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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 6 Cert or greater (IT or Business)
Responsible for a team of people, motivating and encouraging them to meet customer satisfaction goals. 
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Level 6 Cert or greater
Demand is in niche areas

Manages all aspects of the laboratory service in chemical, research or clinical laboratories and ensures appropriate staffing, equipment, quality and safety.

 
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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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Operates, sets-up or repairs a variety of machine tools used in the production of precision parts and instruments. 

 
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Degree + Professional Exam
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Management accountants provide business data and analysis to managers within organisations to assist in business decision-making and control

 
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Degree + Professional Exam

Provides professional management advice and direction to businesses and associations.