Social care is a field for those driven to help improve people's lives. There are a wide variety of support services available, for groups such as the elderly, the homeless or the unemployed. Working in this field will mean active workplaces where you will be helping people who are facing challenges in their lives. As a society we are becoming more aware of the importance of caring for mental health. Psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors are professionals who assist people in caring for their mental health. They can work one to one or with companies.


    caring for others, problem solving, communication, one to one counselling, empathy, compassion, leadership, initiative, adaptability, managing resources, time management, prioritising work, working with children, leadership, health & safety,

Key Facts

approximate number of psychotherapists represented by The Irish Council for Psychotherapy
approximate number of psychologists represented by The Psychological Society of Ireland
health and social care professionals employed by the HSE in 2018
social care professions currently or scheduled to be regulated by CORU

Labour Market Information

At the end of 2018 approximately 83,665 people were employed in social work, another 37,505 work in residential care and there were 13,100 therapy professionals.

Many of the workers in this sector are Care and Home Care workers. Employment is growing in this occupation as a result of the aging population in Ireland. Many are employed in part-time roles; the recent job hire analysis and the high number of job ready jobseekers previously employed in this occupation indicate that churn is a significant factor in this area.

The strongest rate of employment growth in the sector between 2013 and 2018 was for therapy professionals (11.1%).

Career and Training Opportunities with...

St. Michael's House

Services at St. Michael’s House are delivered through 170 centers throughout Dublin City and County and Navan, Co Meath. We have three regional headquarters in Dublin, in Ballymun, Coolock and Goatstown.

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Career Interview Videos...

Liam Dowling - Clinical Nurse Manager 2
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Liam Dowling - Clinical Nurse Manager 2

Brian Howard - Guidance Counsellor
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Brian Howard - Guidance Counsellor

Lydia Peppard - Care Assistant
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Lydia Peppard - Care Assistant

Deirdre Lavelle - Care Assistant
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Deirdre Lavelle - Care Assistant

College Course Videos...

GY104 - Arts (Psychology) - NUI Galway
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GY104 - Arts (Psychology) - NUI Galway

Business Psychology AL854  - Athlone Institute of Technology
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Business Psychology AL854 - Athlone Institute of Technology

Speech and Language Therapy CK705   - University College Cork
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Speech and Language Therapy CK705 - University College Cork