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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.

About

Many people with advanced knowledge of maths and physics will work in academia, researching and teaching. But as the human world becomes increasingly dependent on technology there are more and more sectors demanding maths knowledge. For example, finance and tech companies need people with advanced maths knowledge and the abilities learnt from physics. Space science is a bigger sector in Europe than people realise, with many companies connected to the European Space Agency involved in research and manufacturing, creating opportunities for maths and physics graduates.

Skills

    Maths, data analysis & statistics, problem solving, engineering, quality control, science, physics, science, technology, science, communication, lab work, operating machinery, research & development, using computers,

Key Facts

80
number of Irish contracts who've received ESA contracts worth over 80 million euro
4,524
researchers working on Science Foundation Ireland projects
2,000
members of the Institute of Physics in Ireland
30%
of Irish Students enrolled in STEM Courses

Labour Market Information

At the end of 2017 around 89,000 people were working in science & engineering, half of these were working in industrial roles. Almost all are highly educated, with 80% possessing third level qualifications and there is evidence of strong demand for employees with scientific knowledge and training.

Advice from Experts...

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

Space Science

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Posted by ESERO Ireland
Space Science
Physics and Maths

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Posted by Smart Futures
Physics and Maths
Physics, Mathematics & Space Science

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  • Who is suited to working in Maths, Physics or Space Science?
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Posted by Smart Futures

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Career Interviews

Shane Bergin, Physics Lecturer

My school had a great record in maths and science – this culture helped. 

Neil Murrey, Aerothermodynamics and Propulsion Design Engineer

Sinead O'Sullivan , CEO of Fusion Space Technologies

College Course Videos...

 
Financial Mathematics LM058  - University of Limerick
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Financial Mathematics LM058 - University of Limerick

 
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Science - University College Dublin - UCD

 
Physics DN200  - University College Dublin - UCD
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Physics DN200 - University College Dublin - UCD