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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

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This is where your taxes go, to keeping the roads maintained, laws enforced and all the other functions of government that keep society functioning. Politicians create laws and represent the people, the civil and public services then carries out government policy. The European Union operates on a similar basis across Europe. This is a complex sector, which includes independent bodies such as regulators who ensure that products, occupations or the government itself is acting properly and to the correct standard.

Skills

    communication, initiative, adaptability, managing resources, time management, prioritising work, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, decision making, enforcing laws and regulations, writing, negotiation, people management, problem solving,

Key Facts

0.317%
of Irish gross national income spent on international aid in 2017
28,342
employed by local authorities in 2018
2
number of languages most EU careers require

Labour Market Information

There were 101,700 persons employed in Public Administration and Defence in Q4 of 2017, 4.6% of national employment. Employment grew 18% growth over the five-year period between quarter 4 2012 and quarter 4 2017, an increase of 15,500 persons employed.

No shortages have been identified for Government administration occupations.

Advice from Experts...

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

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