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The world around us is fragile, human activity threatens to push it over the edge in many ways, including by encroaching on wild animals homes, driving forward climate change and polluting the sea with plastic. Many jobs involve working to protect the environment, environmental scientists study damage to the environment, engineers and businesspeople investigate ways to solve environmental issues and environmental inspectors ensure that laws protecting the environment are being followed. It is not the highest paying sector, but many who work in the sector are passionate about the earth so find the work immensely rewarding.

Skills

    science, geology, data analysis & statistics, communication, research & development, critical thinking, geography, complying with regulations, problem solving, engineering, physics, analysing systems, managing resources, animal care, observation and assessment,

Key Facts

2030
The target date for Ireland's Climate Change commitments under the Paris Accords
1.5
degrees the tempatrure increase limit targeted by the Paris Agreement
10.6%
of energy generated in Ireland comes from renewable sources
420
million years since two colliding continents created the roots of Ireland's complex geology

Labour Market Information

The demand for those with science and engineering skills is not confined to the Earth & Environment sector. While output from science and 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.

Advice from Experts...

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

Sustainable Energy

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

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Posted by Sustainable Energy Authority
Transition Year Workshop
Transition Year Workshop

  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Climate Change 
  • Renewable Technologies
  • Book a Workshop

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Posted by Sustainable Energy Authority
One Good Idea Competition
One Good Idea Competition

  • Annual SEAI School Competition 
  • Help tackle Climate Change
  • Create a Campaign
  • Prizes for Students and Teachers

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Posted by Sustainable Energy Authority

Career Interview Videos...

Jonathan Pugsley - Energy Manager
Posted by Sustainable Energy Authority

Jonathan Pugsley - Energy Manager

Liam McCaul - R&D Engineer
Posted by Sustainable Energy Authority

Liam McCaul - R&D Engineer

Marie O'Donovan - Environmental Officer
Posted by CRH plc

Marie O'Donovan - Environmental Officer

Des Lalor - Wind Engineer
Posted by Sustainable Energy Authority

Des Lalor - Wind Engineer

College Course Videos...

Environmental Health DT491 - TU Dublin - Dublin City
Posted by TU Dublin - Dublin City

Environmental Health DT491 - TU Dublin - Dublin City

Environmental Science - University of Limerick
Posted by University of Limerick

Environmental Science - University of Limerick

Environmental Science  - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT
Posted by Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT

Environmental Science - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT

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