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Farming continues to play a big role in Irish life, with forests growing in size plus a thriving gardening and landscaping sector there are many opportunities for those who enjoy active jobs where you are doing practical work out in the open air. Whether you are working on farms as a farm owner or farmhand, caring for our forests or smaller scale work in horticulture, where you can design landscapes or tend gardens.

Skills

    sales & marketing, communication, teamwork, leadership, time management, adaptability, active listening, attention to detail, negotiation, education & training, decision making, data analysis & statistics, one to one counselling, persuasion, developing relationships,

Key Facts

18,500
family dairy farms in Ireland
11,000
involved in growing tillage crops in Ireland
3,500
employed in mushroom growing
10,000
average number employed in forestry

Labour Market Information

There were 111,700 working in agriculture 54.6% of national employment, a reduction on the 111,700 people employed in sector in 2017. The vast majority (95%) of this employment was in the core agriculture activities of crop and animal production. Forestry, fishing and other agriculture activities made up the remaining 5%.

Employment in the sector fell between 2013 and 2018, but issues sourcing staff have developed in specific areas, especially horticulture and dairy farming.

Advice from Experts...

If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.

Forestry Careers

  • Career Opportunities
  • Education and Training
  • Career Advice 
  • About this Sector

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Posted by Forestry Careers Ireland
Forestry Careers
Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry

  • Career Opportunities
  • Education & Training
  • Career Advice
  • About this Sector

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Posted by Teagasc
Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry Teagasc Course Providers
Teagasc Course Providers

  • Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College
  • Clonakilty Agricultural College 
  • Ballyhaise Agricultural College
  • Botanic Gardens

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Posted by Teagasc

Career Interview Videos...

Student Video - Horticulture
Posted by Teagasc

Student Video - Horticulture

Forestry - Forestry in Teagasc
Posted by Forestry Careers Ireland

Forestry - Forestry in Teagasc

Yasmin Bonner - Teagasc Horticulture Student
Posted by Teagasc

Yasmin Bonner - Teagasc Horticulture Student

Teagasc - Careers in Dairy Farming
Posted by Teagasc

Teagasc - Careers in Dairy Farming

College Course Videos...

Agricultural Sciences Video - University College Dublin - UCD
Posted by University College Dublin - UCD

Agricultural Sciences Video - University College Dublin - UCD

Environmental Management in Agriculture - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT
Posted by Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT

Environmental Management in Agriculture - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT

Agricultural Science DN250  - University College Dublin - UCD
Posted by University College Dublin - UCD

Agricultural Science DN250 - University College Dublin - UCD

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