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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

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Source: National Skills Bulletin

About

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
12,000
directly employed in forestry

Labour Market Information

This sector continues to make a significant contribution to the national economy and remains one of Ireland's most important indigenous sectors. 

The Irish Agri-food industry comprises the primary agriculture, food and beverage, fisheries, fish processing, forestry and forestry processing sectors. This industry is the main indigenous industry in Ireland, using Irish raw materials, being predominantly in Irish ownership and spread geographically widely across the country. These sectors combined make a very significant contribution to the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the country.
New innovations through the national agri-food strategy Food Wise 2025, aim to create an additional 23,000 new jobs in this area.  Food Wise 2025
The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) reports significant demand for science skills in food product development.
Source: Department of Agriculture Factsheet June 2016

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 Agriculture, Horticulture or Forestry

A career in agriculture, horticulture or forestry can be very rewarding and fulfilling. You will have an opportunity to develop a lifestyle which competes very favourably with other professions, particularly with regard to quality of life and job satisfaction.

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Qualifications Required

Three organisations currently provide forestry education and skills training courses in Ireland. These courses are full time, and are aimed at preparing students for a career in the forestry sector.

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Qualifications Required
Qualifications Required in Agriculture, Horticulture or Forestry

You can now complete your training in one of the eight Teagasc colleges, at a local training centre or on line through our new Teagasc eCollege facility. This flexibility allows some students to pursue an off-farm job or an apprenticeship while completing their training programme.

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About the Forestry Sector

Almost 11% of Ireland is under forest, supporting a vibrant and export-oriented forest products sector. The forest industry comprising, growing, harvesting and processing of forest products makes a significant and growing contribution to the Irish economy.

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About the Forestry Sector
Careers Advice

You have options available in Ireland to study forestry at all levels, for one to four years. Start by reading the information provided on the courses in Teagasc, UCD and WIT.

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Careers Advice

If you are interested in this sector your local Teagasc centre is the perfect contact point for advice.

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