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Investigative

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 clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.

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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
16%
the stated target for amount of energy generated through renewable sources by 2020
420
million years since two colliding continents created the roots of Ireland's complex geology

Advice from Experts...

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

Career Opportunities in Sustainable Energy

With increasing demand for suitably trained staff, opportunities are available in technical, trade and professional areas.

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Posted by: Sustainable Energy Authority
Career Opportunities in Sustainable Energy
Qualifications Required in Sustainable Energy

Most jobs within this sector will require a specialist degree in the area or a primary degree in a STEM-related area with a post graduate qualification.

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Posted by: Sustainable Energy Authority

Videos in this Sector...

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Des Lalor - Wind Engineer
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Marie O'Donovan - Environmental Officer
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UL Bachelor of Science in Energy - Course Description - University of Limerick - UL
UL Bachelor of Science in Energy - Course Description - University of Limerick - UL
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LC278 Renewable & Electrical Energy Systems - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT
LC278 Renewable & Electrical Energy Systems - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT
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DT491 Environmental Health - Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT
DT491 Environmental Health - Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT
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