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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

About

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 at the end of 2017, 5.0% of national employment. 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%. There was very little change in the number employed in Agriculture between 2016 and 2017.

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 Videos...

 
Louise O'Toole - Teagasc Horticulture Student
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Louise O'Toole - Teagasc Horticulture Student

 
Ian Lawlor - Teagasc Horticulture Student
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Ian Lawlor - Teagasc Horticulture Student

 
Student Video - Equine
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Student Video - Equine

 
Holly McQuillan - Horticulture Student
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Holly McQuillan - Horticulture Student

Career Interviews

John Liston, Project Manager

Robert Windle, Forest Inspector

Emily Costello, Technical Support Forester

College Course Videos...

 
Horticulture - Waterford Institute of Technology
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Horticulture - Waterford Institute of Technology

 
Agriculture, Food & Nutrition - University College Dublin - UCD
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Agriculture, Food & Nutrition - University College Dublin - UCD

 
Sheep Enterprise at Ballyhaise College - Marie McGlynn - Ballyhaise Agricultural College
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Sheep Enterprise at Ballyhaise College - Marie McGlynn - Ballyhaise Agricultural College