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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


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.


    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

directly employed in Biopharmaceuticals
of the worlds 10 largest pharma companies are based in Ireland
billion has been invested in biophramachem since 2012
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...

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BioPharmaChemical Careers

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<p>Don&rsquo;t put too much expectation onto a single experiment, but instead look into the bigger picture, persevere it and you will make it to the end of the route.&nbsp;</p>

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Brian O'Connor, Analytical Chemist

It is very cool knowing that I play a role in the production of this drug coming to the market.

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