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Investigative

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

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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 at the end of 2017, 5.0% of national employment. 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%. There was very little change in the number employed in Agriculture between 2016 and 2017.

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 Videos...

 
Marie O'Donovan - Environmental Officer
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Marie O'Donovan - Environmental Officer

 
Eoin Kelly - Teagsc Horticulture student
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Eoin Kelly - Teagsc Horticulture student

 
Teagasc - Careers in Dairy Farming
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Teagasc - Careers in Dairy Farming

 
Student Video - Equine
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Student Video - Equine

Career Interviews

Emily Costello, Technical Support Forester

Tony Lenighan, Forester

Niall O'Neill, Forest Manager

College Course Videos...

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

 
Horticulture BN022  - TU Dublin - Blanchardstown
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Horticulture BN022 - TU Dublin - Blanchardstown

 
Forestry DN271 - University College Dublin - UCD
Posted by University College Dublin - UCD

Forestry DN271 - University College Dublin - UCD