Featured Advice
What are your interests?

Creative?

Creative

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 drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, 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.

Sectors
Source: National Skills Bulletin

About

Teaching careers span a wide range of settings and the work can vary depending on the ages being worked with, working with pre-schoolers is a very different kind of teaching to that undertaken by a university academic, juggling in depth teaching with their own research and writing. You can find yourself teaching adults too, such as workplace training or those going back to education to help them switch careers.

Skills

    communication, education & training, managing resources, time management, decision making, people management, writing, researching information, compassion, leadership, initiative, working with children, active listening,

Key Facts

558k
students in primary schools in 2016/2017
352k
second level students in 2016/2017
181k
third level students in 2016/2017
1
million Irish people are under 15

Labour Market Information

With 167,600 persons employed in the 4th quarter of 2017 the education sector made up 7.5% of national employment. Employment rose by 20.6% between 2012 to 2017, meaning an additional 11,400 persons employed in the sector.

The National Skills Bulletin 2018 notes it is proving difficult to source qualified secondary teachers for certain key subjects (e.g. foreign languages, science). Changes in government policy in relation to the introduction of other subjects (such as career guidance) will require the sourcing of teachers with the required skills. Demand for secondary teachers is expected to continue in the near future as the population grows.

Advice from Experts...

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

Career Opportunities in Teaching

Occupations in the education sector comprise of the Teachers, Lecturers and Trainers operating in the Primary, Post-Primary and Tertiary education system.

Read more
Posted by Department of Education and Skills
Career Opportunities in Teaching
Qualifications Required

There are specific requirements for students who want to become a teachers, depending on whether it is at Primary, Secondry or Tertiary level.

Read more
Posted by Department of Education and Skills
Qualifications Required
About this Sector

Education affects all citizens and the Department faces many challenges in ensuring that it meets the needs of students, parents, teachers, management, schools and further and higher education providers, employers, and society generally.

Read more
Posted by Department of Education and Skills

Career Interview Videos...

Dr. Patrick Cadwell - Lecturer
Posted by Languages Connect

Dr. Patrick Cadwell - Lecturer

Brian Howard - Guidance Counsellor
Posted by Department of Education and Skills

Brian Howard - Guidance Counsellor

Padraig Parle - Teacher - Special Needs
Posted by Department of Education and Skills

Padraig Parle - Teacher - Special Needs

Paul Meany - School Principal
Posted by Department of Education and Skills

Paul Meany - School Principal

College Course Videos...

School Placements - Dublin City University
Posted by Dublin City University

School Placements - Dublin City University

Early Childhood Education DC001 - Dublin City University
Posted by Dublin City University

Early Childhood Education DC001 - Dublin City University

English Media + Cultural Studies DL821 - Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire
Posted by Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire

English Media + Cultural Studies DL821 - Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire