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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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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
10.6%
of energy generated in Ireland comes from renewable sources
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...

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

Sustainable Energy

  • Career Opportunities 
  • Education and Training 
  • Career Advice 
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Transition Year Workshop
Transition Year Workshop

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  • Climate Change 
  • Renewable Technologies
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One Good Idea Competition
One Good Idea Competition

  • Annual SEAI School Competition 
  • Help tackle Climate Change
  • Create a Campaign
  • Prizes for Students and Teachers

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Posted by Sustainable Energy Authority

Career Videos...

 
Liam McCaul - R&D Engineer
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Liam McCaul - R&D Engineer

 
Jonathan Pugsley - Energy Manager
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Jonathan Pugsley - Energy Manager

 
Des Lalor - Wind Engineer
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Des Lalor - Wind Engineer

 
Donal Og Cusack - Automation/Energy Engineer
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Donal Og Cusack - Automation/Energy Engineer

Career Interviews

Damien Haberlin, Ecologist (Post-Doctoral Researcher)

You will fail at times, so you must be tenacious. You must be willing to learn continuously.

Cecilia Fenech, Environmental Scientist

I love travelling and meeting other people. You get to go to conferences and meetings abroad and meet other people who love your subject as much as you do. 

Deirdre Kelleghan, Amateur Astronomer

Giving talks in libraries, schools and arts centers to thousands of children each year is very satisfying

College Course Videos...

 
Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology CR365  - Cork Institute of Technology
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Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology CR365 - Cork Institute of Technology

 
Sustainable Energy Engineering CR510  - Cork Institute of Technology
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Sustainable Energy Engineering CR510 - Cork Institute of Technology

 
Environmental and Earth System Science CK404   - University College Cork
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Environmental and Earth System Science CK404 - University College Cork