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Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

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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.

Skills

    science, geology, data analysis & statistics, communication, research & development, critical thinking, geography, complying with regulations, problem solving, engineering, physics, analysing systems, managing resources, animal care, observation and assessment,

Key Facts

2030
The target date for Ireland's Climate Change commitments under the Paris Accords
1.5
degrees the tempatrure increase limit targeted by the Paris Agreement
16%
the stated target for amount of energy generated through renewable sources by 2020
420
million years since two colliding continents created the roots of Ireland's complex geology

Labour Market Information

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.

Advice from Experts...

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Career Opportunities in Sustainable Energy

With increasing demand for suitably trained staff, opportunities are available in technical, trade and professional areas.

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Career Opportunities in Sustainable Energy
Qualifications Required in Sustainable Energy

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.

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Qualifications Required in Sustainable Energy
Careers Advice

Most people entering the sustainable energy sector are qualified up to 3rd level and come either from directly related couses or from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based backgrounds.

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College Course Videos...

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