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Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

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Many people with advanced knowledge of maths and physics will work in academia, researching and teaching. But as the human world becomes increasingly dependent on technology there are more and more sectors demanding maths knowledge. For example, finance and tech companies need people with advanced maths knowledge and the abilities learnt from physics. Space science is a bigger sector in Europe than people realise, with many companies connected to the European Space Agency involved in research and manufacturing, creating opportunities for maths and physics graduates.

Skills

    Maths, data analysis & statistics, problem solving, engineering, quality control, science, physics, science, technology, science, communication, lab work, operating machinery, research & development, using computers,

Key Facts

80
number of Irish contracts who've received ESA contracts worth over 80 million euro
4,524
researchers working on Science Foundation Ireland projects
2,000
members of the Institute of Physics in Ireland
30%
of Irish Students enrolled in STEM Courses

Labour Market Information

At the end of 2017 around 89,000 people were working in science & engineering, half of these were working in industrial roles. Almost all are highly educated, with 80% possessing third level qualifications and there is evidence of strong demand for employees with scientific knowledge and training.

Advice from Experts...

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

Space Science

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  • Education and Training 
  • Career Advice
  • About this Sector

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Posted by ESERO Ireland
Space Science
Physics and Maths

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Posted by Smart Futures
Physics and Maths
Physics, Mathematics & Space Science

  • Career Opportunities in this Sector
  • Who is suited to working in Maths, Physics or Space Science?
  • How do you enter this Sector?
  • Main Occupations in this Sector

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Posted by Smart Futures

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