This sector represents some of the largest industries operating in Ireland, with high employment and significant research occurring. Work in the sector is highly technical and education standards vary, but most will have a third level qualification in a science subject. Pharma is an especially prominent industry, with most of the worlds largest pharma companies based here producing billions of euro worth of exports.
There are enough qualified graduates to meet the annual recruitment requirement (5000 graduates per year) but as in preceding years there is increasing demand for employees with a high level of experience and/or skills in niche areas. The demand is in pharmaceuticals, biopharma and food development, but the specific shortages apply to a very small number of jobs in the context of the broader economy.
In 2018 61,300 were employed in high tech manufacturing, the vast majority of this employment, roughly two-thirds, is in pharmaceuticals.
Chemical science is key to a wide number of industries, as a result an education in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering will open a wide range of career paths.
Clinical trials are a huge part of Pharmaceutical Science. Before any treatment can be provided to the general population, they must go through rigorous testing to ensure they are safe and effective.
Pharmaceuticals manufacturing is one of the largest industrial employers in Ireland. A variety of tasks are undertaken in the production process including chemical synthesis to create the medicine, preparing the medicine by mixing it with other agents and creating the tablets.
Biotechnology is an increasingly important area, featuring in the creation of medical devices, food production, energy creation and even construction.
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