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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's 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.

Choosing STEM Courses
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Studying STEM in College

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects are at the heart of a very wide variety of jobs and professions. Studying these subjects in college will give you the skills you need to take part in building the world of our future.

There are a huge range of disciplines from which to choose. We have grouped these into 8 categories below to help you find the area that suits you most. 

From this page you can explore hundreds of career possibilities, all CAO courses in the STEM disciplines, and watch videos of people involved in STEM professions.  

Once you have identified an area of interest, use our Course Search Wizard to shortlist suitable courses for your CAO application. 

Note: Most courses in the Medical and Healthcare sector also involve studying STEM courses, although we treat this area seperatly.
Click here for CAO courses in the Medical and Healthcare sector.

STEM Areas:

Biological, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Science

The Work: Creating high quality drugs or chemicals, testing them to ensure they are effective and safe, and monitoring their effect on people and the environment.  More...

At College: This study area includes subjects such as biological science, pharmaceutical science, chemistry and biochemistry. You may also study subjects such as cell biology, microbiology and molecular biology. Laboratory work often forms a substantial part of these courses.  View courses...

Biomedical Technologies & Medtech

The Work: Work on the development of technology that enhances the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, and treatment of diseases and disabilities.  More...

At College: This study area includes subjects such as biotechnology, biomedical science, manufacturing engineering, and process engineering.  View courses...

Computers & ICT

The Work: Working in the manufacture, sales or support of all forms of computers and computer systems, or in the creation and development of software.  More...

At College: This broad study area includes subjects dealing with computer hardware (e.g. PCs, networking), software (e.g. operating systems, programming languages), computer science (e.g. theory, maths) to complete systems (e.g. process control systems, software / web applications).  View courses...

Earth & Environment

The Work: Work with technologies which monitor and predict changes in our environment, the development of renewable energy sources, and the conservation of ecosystems.  More...

At College: This study area includes subjects such as environmental science, environmental management, conservation, geography, bioscience, earth science, oceanography, meteorology and energy engineering.  View courses...

Physics, Mathematics & Space Science

The Work: Researching and investigating aspects of the physical universe, or using mathematics to solve complex issues in science or business.  More...

At College: This study area includes subjects such as physics, mathematics, statistics, computing, experimental physics, astronomy, optics, astrophysics, climate science, and earth science.  View courses...

Construction, Architecture & Property

The Work: Working in the planning, building, selling or management of construction projects (housing estates, roads, warehouses etc.).  More...

At College: This study area includes architecture, land and building surveying, construction management, building technology, interior design, quantity surveying, CAD, property management and estate agency.  View courses...

Engineering & Manufacturing

The Work: Working in one of the many engineering or technology fields such as Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Manufacturing, Motor and Energy.  More...

At College: This study area includes a wide variety of engineering subjects, such as electrical, mechanical, civil/structural (roads/bridges etc.), electronic, marine, aerospace, biomedical, energy and automation.  View courses...

Online STEM Resources 11
Engineers Ireland 
  Professional body for practicing Engineers in Ireland.
Future Skills Requirements of the Biopharma-Pharmachem Sector 
  The biopharma pharmachem sector has a high economic impact in the Irish economy, providing significant high skilled employment. The objective of the study is to review the supply of, and demand for, skills required to address the skill needs of the Biopha
Physics in Ireland 
  This report presents the findings of a survey of physics graduates from third level colleges in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. [pdf file, 4mb]
Database of STEM resources [US] 
  A huge data bank of websites that teachers and students may use to strengthen concept/topics covered in the main STEM courses.
Futuremorph [UK] 
  Website showcasing the huge range of exciting, aspirational and rewarding jobs available to students if they choose science and maths careers. Excellent video interviews with approx 20 employees
Maths Careers [UK] 
  Site provides a single starting point for those wishing to know where studying mathematics can lead. The website has a particular focus on young people between the age of 11 and 19.
+ Plus Magazine 
  Career interviews with over 50 people who use their knowledge and training in maths professionally.
Student Finance 
  This website is a convenient and user-friendly source of information on financial support for further and higher education
STEPS website 
  Programme designed to encourage primary and post primary students to explore the world of science and engineering
  STEM career resources for students, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents, to stimulate an interest in STEM subjects in secondary school and at third level.
Report of the Research Prioritisation Steering Group 
  Priority areas for future investment in research
An overview of the ICT Sector in Ireland by Chris Horne and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain