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Many people with advanced knowledge of maths and physics will work in academia, researching and teaching. But as the human world becomes increasingly dependent on technology there are more and more sectors demanding maths knowledge. For example, finance and tech companies need people with advanced maths knowledge and the abilities learnt from physics. Space science is a bigger sector in Europe than people realise, with many companies connected to the European Space Agency involved in research and manufacturing, creating opportunities for maths and physics graduates.

Skills

    Maths, data analysis & statistics, problem solving, engineering, quality control, science, physics, science, technology, science, communication, lab work, operating machinery, research & development, using computers,

Key Facts

80
number of Irish contracts who've received ESA contracts worth over 80 million euro
4,524
researchers working on Science Foundation Ireland projects
2,000
members of the Institute of Physics in Ireland
30%
of Irish Students enrolled in STEM Courses

Labour Market Information

At the end of 2018 around 91,900 people were working in science & engineering, half of these were working in industrial roles. Almost all are highly educated, with 80% possessing third level qualifications and there is evidence of strong demand for employees with scientific knowledge and training. Between 2013 and 2018 employment in the area increased by 7.3%, resulting in 27,300 more employees.

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Space Science

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Space Science
Physics, Mathematics & Space Science

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Caitriona Jackman - Planetary Scientist
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Caitriona Jackman - Planetary Scientist

Gordon Campbell - Earth Observation Application Engineer
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Gordon Campbell - Earth Observation Application Engineer

Rosa Doran - Astronomy Educator
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Rosa Doran - Astronomy Educator

Daniel Vagg - System Architect
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Daniel Vagg - System Architect

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Physics and Instrumentation  - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT
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Physics and Instrumentation - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

Economics & Mathematical Sciences  - University of Limerick
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Economics & Mathematical Sciences - University of Limerick

Actuarial and Financial Studies DN230  - University College Dublin - UCD
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Actuarial and Financial Studies DN230 - University College Dublin - UCD

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