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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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Marine Science & Technology

Marine Science & Technology

With so much ocean activity, Ireland is a thriving setting for marine research, with multiple organisations and researchers inquiring into the ocean surrounding us. Beyond this, there are many private companies offering engineering and maintenance services to fishing trawlers, fish farms, shipping companies all the way down to equipment for anglers.

Ireland has several centres engaging in research of the marine environment and the life contained within it. These centres are important hubs of technological development and scientific inquiry. Much of the research is directed towards developing renewable energy solutions.

Ireland’s thriving maritime sector creates a large day to day demand for engineering and technical services. Boats need to be serviced, marine technology needs a certain level of expertise to maintain and operate, fish farms have many specific technological and scientific demands. Irish companies offering these services tend to be small, but it is a huge sector across the world.

Career opportunites in Marine Technology include High Tech Products/Services - e.g. chemical, biological, acoustic sensors; Marine information and Communication technology; Marine Commerce - e.g. Marine Financial, Legal and Insurance Services Biotechnology and Bioproducts, applications in drug development, bio medical devices, food ingredients, industrial chemicals; Marine Renewable Energy - harnessing natural wind and tidal energy resources.

Occupations in Marine Science & Technology
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Fisheries Biologist

Fisheries Biologists study fish, particularly their behaviour, their numbers and how they interact with their environments.

Food Scientist

Analyse the properties of food and the effects of processing, freezing and storing food.

Studies the rocks, minerals and fossils that make up the crust of the earth.
Geomatics Surveyor

Maps the built and natural environment in order to provide accurate spatial data which facilitates planning, development and conservation.

Hydrographic Surveyor

A person who specialises in the survey of oceans.

Studies the movement, distribution, and quality of water in rivers, lakes, and oceans, using concepts such as the water cycle.
Marine Biologist

Studies animal, plant and microscopic life in oceans.

Marine Engineer

Works on the design, development, production, maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment used at sea and on board sea vessels such as ships.

Studies the oceans and seas of the world, how they work and what they do.
Studies the relationship between living creatures and their environment; from bacterial to global scales.