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What are your interests?

Naturalist?

Naturalist

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

About

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

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Career Interviews

Deirdre Kelleghan, Amateur Astronomer

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

Shane McDonagh, Renewable Energy Engineering

You need to be creative, logical, and sometimes patient for this job but the work comes easy if you’re interested in what you do.

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. 

College Course Videos...

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

 
Environmental Health DT491  - TU Dublin - Dublin City
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Environmental Health DT491 - TU Dublin - Dublin City

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