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We asked Jamie Hawan from Forestry Careers Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

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Jamie Hawan
What advice would you give to someone considering this job? Be prepared to work hard and donít single track yourself into one aspect of forestry. There are many areas to the industry with many opportunities. I would consider what you want to get out of a college course and look closely at what experience a college will give you. Be prepared to move or relocate and if you are successful in getting a job grasp every opportunity. Whether that is being involved in a project or if itís being involved in a feedback group, get involved.

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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Nutrition & Dietetics

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Whitehall College of Further Education

Whitehall College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M5267
QQI Award Code 5M5267 Food Science
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This new programme introduces students to the topical and developing area of nutrition and dietetics. By combining theory and practice (students will be required to attend a Work Placement during the programme), it is aimed to give students broad based, relevant knowledge in this vast area of study.

What will you Study?

Safety & Health at Work (5N1794)
Communications (5N0690)
Anatomy & Physiology (5N0749)
Nutrition (5N2006)
Biology (5N2746)
Food Chemistry (5N2748)
Microbiology (5N0737)
Food Processing (5N5245)

Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CASFX 5M5267

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Land Manager   Agricultural Officer  
Landscape Architect / Designer   Geotechnician  
Landscape Manager   Food Safety Consultant  
Biosystems Engineer   Landscape Scientist  
Food Scientist   Archaeologist  
Food Technologist   Horticultural Scientist  
Farmer - Dairy   Greenkeeper / Amenity Horticulturalist  
Professional Horse / Event Rider   Forest Manager/Forester  
Tree Surgeon/Arborist   Cartographer   
Agricultural Scientist / Agronomist   Horticultural Manager  
Agricultural Adviser   Farm Manager  
Farmer - Dry Stock   Herd Manager - Dairy  
Animal Nutritionist/Feed Nutritionist   Dairy Industry Research Scientist  
Garden Centre Worker   Groundsperson  
Brewer   Farm Assistant - Dairy  
Agricultural Scientist    Agricultural Engineer  
Agricultural Technician   Agricultural Mechanic  
Apiarist / Commercial Bee Keeper   Genetic Engineer  
Haematologist   Dietitian  
Nutritionist   Clinical Trials Scientist  
Orthoptist   Optometrist  
Surgeon - Oral   Oncologist  
Ophthalmologist   Orthodontist  
Genetic Technologist   Dentist - Periodontist  
Radiologist - Diagnostic    Gastroenterologist  
Epidemiologist   Neuroscientist  
Radiologist - Radiation Therapist   Reflexologist  
Perfusionist   Clinical / Medical Technologist  
Embryologist   Forensic Pathologist  
Cytogenetic Technologist   Neurologist  
Anaesthetist   Psychiatrist  
Pharmacist   Doctor / GP  
Paediatrician   Osteopath  
Microbiologist   Laboratory Manager  
Laboratory Technician   Homeopath  
Obstetrician / Gynaecologist   Dentist - Oral Surgeon  
Podiatrist / Chiropodist   Audiologist  
Phlebotomist   Naturopath  
Immunologist   Coroner  
Surgeon    Herbalist  
Anatomical Pathology Technician   Cardiovascular Technician / Technologist  
Physiologist - Clinical Measurement   Medical Laboratory Assistant  
Dental Technician   Nurse Tutor  
Nurse Prescriber   General Nurse (RGN)  
Nurse Practitioner - Advanced   Chiropractor  
Theatre / Perioperative Nurse   Spinologist  
Physical Therapist   Nurse Midwife  
Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician   Intellectual Disability Nurse   
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist   Children's Nurse   
Public Health Nurse   Psychiatric / Mental Health Care Nurse  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Medical & Healthcare
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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