What qualifications are required?
The most usual route is through taking a degree at a third level college, often following this with a post graduate qualification.
Some courses offer work placements during the programme which is particularly beneficial in obtaining employment after completing the degree.
Higher certificate courses (level 6) and ordinary degree programmes (level 7) are also available often in areas such as instrumentation. These can lead to good jobs as lab technicians with many opportunities for further progression in companies who support additional learning.
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What are the typical routes into this sector?
It helps to have taken physics at Leaving Certificate level. However, it is not essential as many third level courses will cover this material in the first year of study.
Employment opportunities are available following all types of qualification levels, certificate, ordinary degree, honours degree, postgraduate.