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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.

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Medicine

Medicine

Everyone faces illness during their life, the science of identifying our illness and then treating us is medicine and its practitioners are doctors. Doctors will also work on the prevention of illness, through vaccine programmes and by advising patients on healthy lifestyles and sensible precautions to take.

The first step to becoming a Medical Doctor is a recognised degree. You will need to sit the HPAT exam for entry to any of these undergraduate degree programmes in Ireland.  GAMSAT-Ireland is the route for graduates of any discipline who are applying to medicine via the graduate entry route.

On successful completion of the medical degree, candidates register with the Medical Council and then complete an Intern year as House Officer with one of the hospitals recognised for this purpose.

Further training is required by all Junior Doctors to become a specialist in a particular area. For example, General Practice (GP) - to become a GP you must undertake a further three years training. Another year is then spent as a trainee in a teaching general practice. GPs then complete an examination to become a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) or The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Doctors can operate in many different specialities, ranging from General Practice, to cardiology, padetatrics and oncology where you will be helping patients confront some of the most complex health issues including heart disease and cancer.

Medicine is a tough career path, days can be very long, you will need to be resilient in such a pressurised environement. You are after all dealing with life and death. However the upsides are very rewarding as you help people facing severe illness and difficulty back to health.

Occupations in Medicine
(sorted by Job Zone)

Anaesthetist

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in preventing patients from feeling pain whilst they undergo surgery and other medical procedures.

Doctor / GP

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in examing, treating and advising sick people in a local GP surgery, or in a hospital setting.

Gastroenterologist

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in treating diseases of the digestive system.

Haematologist

A haematologist studies the types and functions of blood and blood forming tissues to identify abnormalities within blood cells.

Neuroscientist

Researches how the nervous system behaves; develops pharmaceuticals for neurological disorders.

Neurologist
Studies the nervous system, and practices the diagnosis and treatment of related diseases.
Oncologist

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in treating people with cancer.

Ophthalmologist

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in the correction of vision, and works in the treatment of all conditions, disorders and diseases of the eye. 

Paediatrician

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in treating sick children and new-born babies.

Pathologist

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in examining and studing the causes and effects of various diseases and illnesses.

Podiatrist / Chiropodist

Specialises in the care and treatment of infections and diseases of the foot.

Psychiatrist

A fully qualified medical doctor who works with and treats people who are suffering from psychological illnesses or disorders.

Radiologist - Diagnostic

A fully qualified medical doctor who examines and diagnoses disorders and diseases using x-rays and radioactive materials, and may also treat patients.

Radiologist - Radiation Therapist

Specialises in radiation therapy (the use of high-energy x-rays or other particles) to treat cancer, by killing cancer cells.

Surgeon

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in performing surgery for patients who need an operation following an injury, or on development of a disease or other degenerative condition.

Surgeon - Oral

Provides surgical care for the teeth, jaws and facial bones.

Immunologist
Studies the human immune system, and prescribes the appropriate drugs to help it fight infections.