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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.

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Source: National Skills Bulletin

About

Working in Computers & ICT places you on the frontier of society, as a result it attracts innovators and those who love working with computers. The tech sector is dynamic and vibrant, but it can be demanding with the most appealing jobs requiring high skill levels in coding, hardware and data analysis. Tech companies often have informal work cultures but demand hard work and dedication in return. With technology driving change throughout society computer skills are now essential assets in any career.

Skills

    data analysis & statistics, problem solving, technology, manufacturing, research & development, maths, programming, electronics, using computers, critical thinking, problem solving, design, quality control, education & training, communication,

Key Facts

8
of the top 10 software companies are based in Ireland
4
of the top 5 IT services companies are based in Ireland
2/3
of Irish companies see technology as central to their growth and business priorities
37,000
employed in ICT companies

Labour Market Information

The ICT sector is thriving and continues to experience skills shortages. The developments outlined here drive demand for a wide range of cross-sector ICT skills, in particular:

  • Electronics engineers with strong core engineering skills to work as chip designers, test engineers, and application engineers
  • Research and Development skills to align the requirements of industry sectors such as automotive, healthcare and energy, with the changing ICT landscape

Reports consistently highlight difficulties in finding the right talent for the thousands of ICT vacancies in the sector, and the need for more students to undertake IT-related college programmes. All of the top 10 global ICT companies maintain a presence in Ireland and employers are interested in applicants who can display a wide range of transferable skills including flexibility, adaptability and motivation.

Computer science is in demand not just by technology companies, but by all companies whose success in the digital age increasingly relies on technological innovation, and across all departments within these companies, including operations, marketing, finance, and research.

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs forecasts the demand for IT skills to be strong as organisations introduce new systems and migrate from existing systems to increasingly sophisticated online and/or cloud platforms. (EGFSN, Guidance for Higher Education providers on current and future skills needs of enterprise - Springboard 2014/ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme, February 2014).

The EGFSN study says that Ireland is likely to face an average increase in demand for high-level ICT skills of around 5% a year out to 2018 with the employment of ICT professionals anticipated to rise to just over 91,000.

Demand is confirmed by the wave of recent job announcements from IDA and Enterprise Ireland including:

It is estimated that there will be more than 44,500 potential job openings for ICT professionals over the period to 2018, arising from expansion and replacement demand over the next six years. A key factor for Ireland will be to ensure an adequate supply of ICT talent and skills from the domestic supply pool and global talent, to meet the needs of both foreign-owned and indigenous enterprises.

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