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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.

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Social and Home Care

Social and Home Care

Social care workers typically support social workers in implementing care plans by providing the support, practical and emotional, the person in need requires.

This may involve working in a person’s home, in a day-care centre, residential care unit, foster home, community centre or nursing home. Social Care Practitioners may be working with children or adolescents, people with learning or physical disabilities; people who are homeless; people with alcohol/drug dependency; families in community; older people; recent immigrants to Ireland, among others.

Responsibilities range from providing personal care such as washing, dressing, feeding and toileting, to assisting with the delivery of activity programmes in day-care centres or nursing homes, through to managing a team of social care workers in any of these settings. Specific care roles include: care worker, respite worker, care attendant and home help assistants. 

Personal attributes such as empathy, compassion, self-awareness and open-mindedness are typical of those found working in the social care sector. Strong communication skills, an ability to use critical reflection, teamwork and interdisciplinary work are all important skills for social care practitioners.

To be a care worker you need to be a people person with a compassionate attitude, a healthy dose of empathy, communication skills and open mindedness.

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Occupations in Social and Home Care
(sorted by Job Zone)

Creche Assistant
Provides a day care service for parents with young children or babies.
Care Assistant - Children

Care assistants provide basic personal care and social care to children and young people in a number of settings, including special schools, day centres and residential homes.

Care Worker

Assists adults with daily living activities at the person's home or in a daytime non-residential facility.

Childcare worker

Assists with the care of children in a variety of childcare settings.

Home Help Assistant

Home help assistants work with people who, perhaps through illness, a physical or learning disability or a mental health problem, need support to cope within their own home.

Home Help Organiser

Home help organisers manage the delivery of home help support to people who, because of a disability, frailty or emergency situation, need help to maintain themselves in their own homes.

Special Needs Assistant - SNA

Special needs assistants help children with a wide range of learning, physical or behavioural difficulties.

Aid Worker - Humanitarian

Aid workers typically operate in front line conditions, facilitating the effective distribution of humanitarian aid to people who have been hit by human or natural disasters.

Community Welfare Officer

Works to ensure that individuals receive any social welfare benefits to which they are entitled.

Occupational Therapist

Assesses patients physical and mental rehabilitation needs and plans programmes to help them.

Youth Worker

Encourages the personal and social development of young people through their voluntary participation.

Speech & Language Therapist

Treats and works with people who have speech impediments or language learning difficulties.