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 Padraig Parle from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Padraig Parle

Teacher - Special Needs

Department of Education and Skills

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Padraig Parle
It is essential to be a very patient and organised person. Also you must have a sense of humour, be easy going and not take yourself too seriously.

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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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.
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STEM Areas:

Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences

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: Many of these courses provide students with a broad scientific education. Subjects studied include biological sciences, pharmaceutical sciences (creation, development and make-up of drugs and medicines) 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...

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: Courses that involve the investigation and exploration into the theory, practice and use of computers software. Study subjects such as programming, web design and development, e-commerce, information systems and networking.  View courses...

Earth Science & Environment

The Work: Work with technologies that monitor and predict changes in our environment, with the development of renewable and sustainable energy sources and on the protection and conservation of natural resources.  More...

At College: Study one or more of the following sample subjects: oceanography, environmental science, marine biology, environmental management, conservation, geography, bioscience, earth science, energy engineering etc.  View courses...

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

The Work: Designing or manufacturing electronic or telecommunication devices, or being involved in the generation and supply of electricity.  More...

At College: Study of electrical or electronic systems. Study subjects such as advanced computer skills in both hardware and software, automated systems, robotics, microelectronics, satellite communications, telecommunications and power energy.   View courses...

MedTech & Biochemical Engineering

The Work: Work in this area is covers the design and development of products, from contact lenses, wheelchairs, implantable devices, equipment for screening, to the most sophisticated diagnostic imaging and surgical equipment.   More...

At College: Includes subjects such as applied science techniques, laboratory techniques, pre university science and medical laboratory science.  View courses...

Physical & Mathematical Sciences

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

At College: Study one or more of the following sample subjects: physics, mathematics, statistics, computing, chemistry, experimental physics, astronomy, optics and electronics.  View courses...

Space Science & Technology

The Work: Exploring and developing the technology used to build satellites, space vehicles and the instruments and experiments that they carry.  More...

At College: Study subjects such as Astronomy, Applied Maths, AstroPhysics, Climate and Earth science, and various types of engineering.  View courses...

Building, Construction & Property

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

At College: Study one or more of the following sample subjects: structural engineering, land and building surveying, site management, building technology, mining engineering, roads and transport engineering, architecture.  View courses...

Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing

The Work: Working in the design, use, maintenance and control of all forms of mechanical devices, e.g. in construction, manufacturing, aviation, automobiles and related areas etc.  More...

At College: Study one or more of the following sample subjects: technical drawing / computer aided design (CAD), mechanics, power systems, fluid mechanics, aerospace engineering, materials, stress analysis, thermodynamics, and computerised manufacturing systems.   View courses...

Online STEM Resources 14
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. This report examines trends and drivers of change and potential impact on employment and skills over 2010-2015
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.
Biotechnology Ireland 
  The online centre for news, contacts, commercialisation, jobs and networking in the biotech sector in Ireland
About Bioscience [US] 
  Provides an overview of the major subject areas of bioscience.
Digital21 - The Future is Now 
  Digital 21 is a campaign to highlight the imperative of creating an action programme to secure the digital infrastructure and services upon which the success of the economy depends.
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
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