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Naturalist?

Naturalist

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.

About

Engineering is a broad, diverse field of study that encompasses various fields. They are united by their purpose, which is the practical application of science and maths to real world problems, particularly to building and manufacturing. The field is bigger than just charted engineers, their work is supported by experienced technicians and specialist operations staff.

The four main branches of engineering are chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical. But there is a vast number of areas to specialise in, if you’re interested in flight you can work as an aeronautical engineer while an interest in sound could lead to acoustical engineering. Working as an engineer requires many years of study, but there are roles as technicians with less demands. Many engineers will work on manufacturing processes, optimising the machinery and processes that manufacture goods.

Skills

    engineering, maintaining machinery, manufacturing, research & development, project management, problem solving, design, quality control, managing resources, budgeting, electronics, technology, project planning, teamwork, communication,

Key Facts

159k
employed in Manufacturing
23,000
number employed in engineering
42%
of engineering companies in Ireland are involved in R&D
200
overseas engineering companies

Labour Market Information

The demand for those with engineering skills is high. While output from engineering courses has been growing in recent years these graduates are in strong demand across a variety of occupations, which may lead to difficulty sourcing candidates.

Specialist skills for certain science and engineering roles require extensive experience and although small in number they are required nationwide. Demand for those working in science and engineering occupations is driven chiefly by high-tech and related industries.

A significant majority of people employed in the industrial sector were working in manufacturing (250,600 people). Around half of this number were employed in what is classified as low technology, with another 24% employed in high technology manufacturing. Many of those working in high technology manufacturing are employed with pharmaceutical companies.

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Career Interviews

Elva Bannon, Mechatronic Engineer

I’m part of a team inventing something new that has the potential to provide clean renewable energy

Lynsey Gargan, Manufacturing Engineer

I like to make a difference with my work and I always strive to do things in an efficient and constructive manner

Gillian Morgan, Manufacturing Process Specialist

<p>Go for it.&nbsp;Ask questions.&nbsp;Follow your interests.&nbsp;Stay curious.&nbsp;You don&rsquo;t need to be a genius.</p>

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