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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.

Sectors
Source: National Skills Bulletin

About

This sector represents some of the largest industries operating in Ireland, with high employment and significant research occurring. Work in the sector is highly technical and education standards vary, but most will have a third level qualification in a science subject. Pharma is an especially prominent industry, with most of the worlds largest pharma companies based here producing billions of euro worth of exports.

Skills

    Lab work, health and safety, maths, chemistry, biology, engineering, operating machinery, quality control, teamwork, critical thinking, creating & following processes, using computers, data analysis & statistics, problem solving, technology,

Key Facts

30,000
directly employed in Biopharmaceuticals
10
of the worlds 10 largest pharma companies are based in Ireland
4
billion has been invested in biophramachem since 2012
39
billion in biopharma exports each year

Labour Market Information

While the supply of science graduates appears to be enough to meet demand, a need exists for scientists with a high level of experience, especially in niche areas. The demand is for a small number of people given the relatively small size of this occupation (approx. 1% of total employment) and in the areas associated with pharmaceuticals, biopharma and food development.

A significant majority of people employed in the industrial sector were working in manufacturing (250,600 people). Around half of this number were employed in what is classified as low technology, with another 24% employed in high technology manufacturing. Many of those working in high technology manufacturing are employed with pharmaceutical companies.

Advice from Experts...

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

BioPharmaChemical Careers

  • Career Opportunites 
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  • Career Advice 
  • About this Sector

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Laboratory Apprenticeships
Laboratory Apprenticeships

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  • Become an Apprentice
  • Earn and Learn 
  • Who's Hiring?

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BioPharmaChem Skillnet
BioPharmaChem Skillnet

  • Supporting those in employment in this sector
  • Industry Specific Courses
  • Technical and Soft Skill Training
  • Networking Events

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Career and Training Opportunities with...

Helsinn

Helsinn has over 40 years worth of experience as a pharmaceutical company, leading the way to develop solutions that improve everyday lives of patients

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At Lilly, we believe our people are the source of all our successes. Our future depends on our global community of employees whose varied perspectives, experiences and skills fuel the creativity for pharmaceutical innovation.

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Pfizer

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Career Interview Videos...

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Fergus O'Connell - Quality Officer

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Brian Kelly - Science Entrepreneur

College Course Videos...

Biological Sciences with Physics or Chemistry LM092 - University of Limerick
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Biological Sciences with Physics or Chemistry LM092 - University of Limerick

Pharmaceutical Healthcare DT422 - TU Dublin - Dublin City
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Pharmaceutical Healthcare DT422 - TU Dublin - Dublin City

Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance CR340  - Cork Institute of Technology
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Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance CR340 - Cork Institute of Technology