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The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.

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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.


    Lab work, health and safety, maths, chemistry, biology, engineering, operating machinery, quality control, teamwork, critical thinking, creating & following processes, using computers, data analysis & statistics, problem solving, technology,

Key Facts

directly employed in Biopharmaceuticals
of the worlds 10 largest pharma companies are based in Ireland
billion has been invested in biophramachem since 2012
billion in biopharma exports each year

Advice from Experts...

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

Careers in the BioPharmaChemical Sector

There are good reasons to consider a career in Ireland’s pharmaceutical sector. In addition to a wide diversity of career opportunities, statistics from the CSO show that workers in the sector earn on average almost 30% more than the national average.

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Posted by: BioPharmachem Ireland
Laboratory Apprenticeships
Laboratory Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship intakes for Laboratory Technicians and Laboratory Analysts occurs every September and January subject to demand.

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Posted by: BioPharmachem Ireland
Laboratory Apprenticeships
Entry Requirements
Getting in to the Biopharma Sector

Since many jobs in the scientific sector require specialist qualifications, you should carefully consider your choices after you leave school if you are planning a career in science.

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Posted by: BioPharmachem Ireland

In This Sector...

Career Opportunities with Helsinn

Helsinn has over 40 years worth of experience as a pharmaceutical company, leading the way to develop solutions that improve everyday lives of patients

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Eli Lilly
Career Opportunities with Eli Lilly

At Lilly, we believe our people are the source of all our successes. Our future depends on our global community of employees whose varied perspectives, experiences and skills fuel the creativity for pharmaceutical innovation.

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Career Opportunities with Pfizer

The story of bringing a medicine to life is no different than any other process of creation. It requires innovation, imagination, and restless perseverance in the face of obstacles both expected and unforeseen

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Career Videos in this Sector...

Brian Kelly - Science Entrepreneur
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Fergus O'Connell - Quality Officer
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