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These are the people who care for you when the worst happens, it is an extremely rewarding but often challenging sector to work in. It places great demands on your energy, emotions and intelligence. But it holds great appeal for people love working with and caring for people, while doing work with real value to society. There are very high education requirements along with long hours, especially in the early years of a career. Doctors and nurses are the most well-known healthcare workers, but it is a very broad sector, opticians, paramedics, occupational therapists, speech therapists, radiographers and pharmacists are just some examples of specialities in medical and healthcare.

Skills

    caring for others, diagnosis, critical thinking, education & training, problem solving, communication, one to one counselling, empathy, research & development, active listening, investigation, developing relationships, compassion, leadership, initiative,

Key Facts

37,220
nurses employed by the HSE in 2018
21,000
approx number of doctors registered with the Medical Council of Ireland
16,780
millions of euro spent on healthcare by the government in 2018
2,000
dentists in Ireland

Labour Market Information

At the end of 2018, 288,500 persons were employed in human healthcare activities, representing 12.6% of the national workforce. Between 2013 and 2019, overall employment increased by 9%.

Due to international demand for these skills, job opportunities will continue to arise for Medical practitioners. The same applies to nursing, where demand for certain types of nursing skills has remained strong and has resulted in shortages. While demand is strong for healthcare professionals such as pharmacists, psychologists, dentists, radiographers and health services managers, shortages have only been identified for radiographers.

While demand for health services continues to grow in Ireland, recruitment in these occupations is dependent on government funding. As such, there are many occupations where shortages do not exist despite significant demand for services. Pay and conditions of employment remain an issue.

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Health Service

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HSE Recruitment Procedures
HSE Recruitment Procedures

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HSE Job Search
HSE Job Search

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Rachel Berry - Pharmacist

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Mary Ita Heffernan - Social Worker

Lisa Kelly - Speech and Language
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Lisa Kelly - Speech and Language

College Course Videos...

GY517 - Midwifery - NUI Galway
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GY517 - Midwifery - NUI Galway

Medical Technology LC268 - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT
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Medical Technology LC268 - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT

Environmental Health DT491  - TU Dublin - Dublin City
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Environmental Health DT491 - TU Dublin - Dublin City

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