Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.
We asked Nicola O'Higgins from Bord Iascaigh Mhara to give some advice for people considering this job:
You need to work with people in the industry as knowledge is everything - where to buy, who from, when etc. Health and safety courses and a pleasant manner and drive are also important.
What are your interests?
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.
Researches, designs, develops, and tests electronic components and systems for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.
35k > 65k
Studies the chemistry of animals and plants and analyses their cells and tissues.
28k > 60k
Meteorologist / Weather Forecaster
Studies the weather and weather systems to forecast future weather conditions.
25k > 70k
Conducts research into physical phenomena, develops theories and laws on the basis of observation and experiments, and devises methods to apply laws and theories to industry and other fields.
28k > 60k
Uses mathematics to solve problems in industry, commerce and technology.
35k > 65k
Astronomer / Astrophysicist
Astronomers research stars, planets and the universe. They study and analyse maps, space, and the universe at large, using information from telescopes and satellites.
30k > 65k
Works on the different types of technology that enable us to communicate over distance, including satellite and cable systems, mobile phones, radio waves, the Internet and electronic mail. Also known as a Network Architect.
48k > 75k
Studies the oceans and seas of the world, how they work and what they do.
25k > 57k
Studies the rocks, minerals and fossils that make up the crust of the earth.
25k > 55k
Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineer
Employed in the designing, testing and making of aircraft engines and other such aeronautical productions.