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These are the people who care for you when the worst happens, it is an extremely rewarding but often challenging sector to work in. It places great demands on your energy, emotions and intelligence. But it holds great appeal for people love working with and caring for people, while doing work with real value to society. There are very high education requirements along with long hours, especially in the early years of a career. Doctors and nurses are the most well-known healthcare workers, but it is a very broad sector, opticians, paramedics, occupational therapists, speech therapists, radiographers and pharmacists are just some examples of specialities in medical and healthcare.

Skills

    caring for others, diagnosis, critical thinking, education & training, problem solving, communication, one to one counselling, empathy, research & development, active listening, investigation, developing relationships, compassion, leadership, initiative,

Key Facts

37,220
nurses employed by the HSE in 2018
21,000
approx number of doctors registered with the Medical Council of Ireland
16,780
millions of euro spent on healthcare by the government in 2018
2,000
dentists in Ireland

Labour Market Information

At the end of 2017, 165,800 persons were employed in human healthcare activities, representing 7.4% of the national workforce. Between 2012 and 2017, overall employment increased by 5,100 (0.9%) on average annually (compared to 3.1% nationally). The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for clinical and administrative healtcare workers (excluding doctors) at 6.1% during the period.

Due to international demand for these skills, job opportunities will continue to arise for Medical practitioners. The same applies to nursing, where demand for certain types of nursing skills has remained strong and has resulted in shortages. While demand is strong for healthcare professionals such as pharmacists, psychologists, dentists, radiographers and health services managers, shortages have only been identified for radiographers.

While demand for health services continues to grow in Ireland, recruitment in these occupations is dependent on government funding. As such, there are many occupations where shortages do not exist despite significant demand for services. Pay and conditions of employment remain an issue.

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

Health Service

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HSE Recruitment Procedures
HSE Recruitment Procedures

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HSE Job Search
HSE Job Search

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Career Interview Videos...

Dr Jan Steiner - Anaesthetist
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Dr Jan Steiner - Anaesthetist

Lisa Kelly - Speech and Language
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Lisa Kelly - Speech and Language

Rachel Berry - Pharmacist
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Rachel Berry - Pharmacist

Ambulance Service - Emergency Medical Technician & Paramedic
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Ambulance Service - Emergency Medical Technician & Paramedic

College Course Videos...

Occupational Therapy CK704  - University College Cork
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Occupational Therapy CK704 - University College Cork

Medical Science GA785 - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT
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Medical Science GA785 - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

Medicine DN400 - University College Dublin - UCD
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Medicine DN400 - University College Dublin - UCD

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