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Teaching careers span a wide range of settings and the work can vary depending on the ages being worked with, working with pre-schoolers is a very different kind of teaching to that undertaken by a university academic, juggling in depth teaching with their own research and writing. You can find yourself teaching adults too, such as workplace training or those going back to education to help them switch careers.

Skills

    communication, education & training, managing resources, time management, decision making, people management, writing, researching information, compassion, leadership, initiative, working with children, active listening,

Key Facts

563k
students in primary schools in 2017/2018
357k
second level students in 2017/2018
232k
enrolled in higher education in 2017/2018
1
million Irish people are under 15

Labour Market Information

With 167,600 persons employed in the 4th quarter of 2017 the education sector made up 7.5% of national employment. Employment rose by 20.6% between 2012 to 2017, meaning an additional 11,400 persons employed in the sector.

The National Skills Bulletin 2018 notes it is proving difficult to source qualified secondary teachers for certain key subjects (e.g. foreign languages, science). Changes in government policy in relation to the introduction of other subjects (such as career guidance) will require the sourcing of teachers with the required skills. Demand for secondary teachers is expected to continue in the near future as the population grows.

Advice from Experts...

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

Education

  • Career Opportunities
  • Education and Training 
  • Career Advice
  • About this Sector

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Teaching in Ireland
Teaching in Ireland

  • Initial Teacher Education Training
  • Irish Language Requirement
  • The Teaching Council 
  • Returning to Work in Ireland 

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Teaching Transforms
Teaching Transforms

  • Undergraduate Options
  • Postgraduate Options
  • Working in Ireland 
  • Teaching in Ireland

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Career Interview Videos...

Mary Joyce - Secondary School Teacher
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Mary Joyce - Secondary School Teacher

Brian Howard - Guidance Counsellor
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Brian Howard - Guidance Counsellor

Brian Cadigan - Primary School Teacher
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Brian Cadigan - Primary School Teacher

Paul Meany - School Principal
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Paul Meany - School Principal

College Course Videos...

Education & Pyschology MI008 - Mary Immaculate College
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Education & Pyschology MI008 - Mary Immaculate College

School of Education  - National College of Art and Design - NCAD
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School of Education - National College of Art and Design - NCAD

Early Childhood Care & Education LC432 - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT
Posted by Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT

Early Childhood Care & Education LC432 - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT

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