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Social care is a field for those driven to help improve people's lives. There are a wide variety of support services available, for groups such as the elderly, the homeless or the unemployed. Working in this field will mean active workplaces where you will be helping people who are facing challenges in their lives. As a society we are becoming more aware of the importance of caring for mental health. Psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors are professionals who assist people in caring for their mental health. They can work one to one or with companies.

Skills

    caring for others, problem solving, communication, one to one counselling, empathy, compassion, leadership, initiative, adaptability, managing resources, time management, prioritising work, working with children, leadership, health & safety,

Key Facts

1,500
approximate number of psychotherapists represented by The Irish Council for Psychotherapy
3,000
approximate number of psychologists represented by The Psychological Society of Ireland
16,193
health and social care professionals employed by the HSE in 2018
14
social care professions currently or scheduled to be regulated by CORU

Labour Market Information

Approximately 115,200 persons were employed in the psychological and social care sector, representing 5.2% of the national workforce. About half of the workers in this sector are Care and Home Care workers. Employment is growing in this occupation as a result of the aging population in Ireland. Many are employed in part-time roles; the recent job hire analysis and the high number of job ready jobseekers previously employed in this occupation indicate that churn is a significant factor in this occupation.

The National Skills Bulletin 2018 reports that growth for other occupational groups in this sector is typically below average, mainly due to declining demographics. While no shortages in Social workers and Welfare professionals were identified, demand is evident for social work services in Ireland.

The SOLAS Vacancy Overview 2018 noted that demographic trends mean their will continue to be demand for social and care workers in the future.

Career and Training Opportunities with...

St. Michael's House

Services at St. Michael’s House are delivered through 170 centers throughout Dublin City and County and Navan, Co Meath. We have three regional headquarters in Dublin, in Ballymun, Coolock and Goatstown.

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Career Interview Videos...

Naoise Pye - Social Care Worker
Posted by St. Michael's House

Naoise Pye - Social Care Worker

Mary Ita Heffernan - Social Worker
Posted by Health Service Executive

Mary Ita Heffernan - Social Worker

Aoife Lyons - Occupational Psychologist
Posted by Public Appointments Service

Aoife Lyons - Occupational Psychologist

Lydia Peppard - Care Assistant
Posted by Health Service Executive

Lydia Peppard - Care Assistant

College Course Videos...

Education and Psychology MI008 - Mary Immaculate College
Posted by Mary Immaculate College

Education and Psychology MI008 - Mary Immaculate College

Social Work LC292 - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT
Posted by Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT

Social Work LC292 - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT

Business Psychology AL854  - Athlone Institute of Technology
Posted by Athlone Institute of Technology

Business Psychology AL854 - Athlone Institute of Technology

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