The world around us is fragile, human activity threatens to push it over the edge in many ways, including by encroaching on wild animals homes, driving forward climate change and polluting the sea with plastic. Many jobs involve working to protect the environment, environmental scientists study damage to the environment, engineers and businesspeople investigate ways to solve environmental issues and environmental inspectors ensure that laws protecting the environment are being followed. It is not the highest paying sector, but many who work in the sector are passionate about the earth so find the work immensely rewarding.
The demand for those with science and engineering skills is not confined to the Earth & Environment sector. While output from science and engineering courses has been growing in recent years these graduates are in strong demand across a variety of occupations, which may lead to difficulty sourcing candidates.
Specialist skills for certain science and engineering roles require extensive experience and although small in number they are required nationwide. Demand for those working in science and engineering occupations is driven chiefly by high-tech and related industries.
Are you curious about how the physical world works? Earth Science deals with the physical features of the planet itself.
The most pressing crisis facing the planet is climate change, the warming of the earths climate. Responding to this crisis influences the work of everyone working in earth Sciences and with the environment.
In Ireland there are several agencies devoted to protecting the environment. These include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which enforces environmental legislation, gathers data on the state of the environment and advocates for environmental sustainability.
Sustainable Energy is any approach to generating energy that meets the demands of the present while ensuring that future generations will have the resources available to meet their energy needs.
If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.
With increasing demand for suitably trained staff, opportunities are available in technical, trade and professional areas.
Most jobs within this sector will require a specialist degree in the area or a primary degree in a STEM-related area with a post graduate qualification.