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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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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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Posted by ESERO Ireland
Space Science
Physics and Maths

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

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  • Who is suited to working in Maths, Physics or Space Science?
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Posted by Smart Futures

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Career Interviews

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Shane Bergin, Physics Lecturer

My school had a great record in maths and science – this culture helped. 

Michaela Musilova, Mission Control Space Services

College Course Videos...

 
School of Mathematical Science - TU Dublin - Dublin City
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School of Mathematical Science - TU Dublin - Dublin City

 
Physics and Instrumentation  - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT
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Physics and Instrumentation - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

 
Applied Physics - University of Limerick
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Applied Physics - University of Limerick