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Farming continues to play a big role in Irish life, with forests growing in size plus a thriving gardening and landscaping sector there are many opportunities for those who enjoy active jobs where you are doing practical work out in the open air. Whether you are working on farms as a farm owner or farmhand, caring for our forests or smaller scale work in horticulture, where you can design landscapes or tend gardens.

Skills

    sales & marketing, communication, teamwork, leadership, time management, adaptability, active listening, attention to detail, negotiation, education & training, decision making, data analysis & statistics, one to one counselling, persuasion, developing relationships,

Key Facts

18,500
family dairy farms in Ireland
11,000
involved in growing tillage crops in Ireland
3,500
employed in mushroom growing
10,000
average number employed in forestry

Labour Market Information

There were 111,700 working in agriculture 54.6% of national employment, a reduction on the 111,700 people employed in sector in 2017. The vast majority (95%) of this employment was in the core agriculture activities of crop and animal production. Forestry, fishing and other agriculture activities made up the remaining 5%.

Employment in the sector fell between 2013 and 2018, but issues sourcing staff have developed in specific areas, especially horticulture and dairy farming.

Advice from Experts...

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

Forestry Careers

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

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Posted by Forestry Careers Ireland
Forestry Careers
Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry

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

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Posted by Teagasc
Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry Teagasc Course Providers
Teagasc Course Providers

  • Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College
  • Clonakilty Agricultural College 
  • Ballyhaise Agricultural College
  • Botanic Gardens

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Posted by Teagasc

Career Interview Videos...

Holly McQuillan - Horticulture Student
Posted by Teagasc

Holly McQuillan - Horticulture Student

Marie O'Donovan - Environmental Officer
Posted by CRH plc

Marie O'Donovan - Environmental Officer

Ballyhaise College - Career Opportunities in the Land Based Sector
Posted by Teagasc

Ballyhaise College - Career Opportunities in the Land Based Sector

Forestry Services - Forestry in Ireland
Posted by Forestry Careers Ireland

Forestry Services - Forestry in Ireland

College Course Videos...

Horticulture, Agri Environment & Forestry - University College Dublin - UCD
Posted by University College Dublin - UCD

Horticulture, Agri Environment & Forestry - University College Dublin - UCD

Beef Enterprise at Ballyhaise College  Liam McWeeney - Ballyhaise Agricultural College
Posted by Ballyhaise Agricultural College

Beef Enterprise at Ballyhaise College Liam McWeeney - Ballyhaise Agricultural College

Agriculture, Food & Nutrition - University College Dublin - UCD
Posted by University College Dublin - UCD

Agriculture, Food & Nutrition - University College Dublin - UCD

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