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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Sectors
Source: National Skills Bulletin

About

These are the people who care for you when the worst happens, it is an extremely rewarding but often challenging sector to work in. It places great demands on your energy, emotions and intelligence. But it holds great appeal for people love working with and caring for people, while doing work with real value to society. There are very high education requirements along with long hours, especially in the early years of a career. Doctors and nurses are the most well-known healthcare workers, but it is a very broad sector, opticians, paramedics, occupational therapists, speech therapists, radiographers and pharmacists are just some examples of specialities in medical and healthcare.

Skills

    caring for others, diagnosis, critical thinking, education & training, problem solving, communication, one to one counselling, empathy, research & development, active listening, investigation, developing relationships, compassion, leadership, initiative,

Key Facts

36,278
nurses employed by the HSE in 2018
21,000
approx number of doctors registered with the Medical Council of Ireland
15,463
millions of euro spent on healthcare by the government in 2017
2,000
dentists in Ireland

Labour Market Information

At the end of 2017, 123,500 persons were employed in human healthcare work activities, representing 5.6% of the national workforce. Between 2012 and 2017, overall employment increased by 5,100 (0.9%) on average annually (compared to 3.1% nationally). The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for clinical and administrative healtcare workers (excluding doctors) at 6.1% during the period.

Due to international demand for these skills, job opportunities will continue to arise for Medical practitioners. The same applies to nursing, where demand for certain types of nursing skills has remained strong and has resulted in shortages. While demand is strong for healthcare professionals such as pharmacists, psychologists, dentists, radiographers and health services managers, shortages have only been identified for radiographers.

While demand for health services continues to grow in Ireland, recruitment in these occupations is dependent on government funding. As such, there are many occupations where shortages do not exist despite significant demand for services. Pay and conditions of employment remain an issue.

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