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Most of these occupations require post-graduate qualifications. For example, they may require a masters degree, and some require a Ph.D., or M.D.

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Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialised medical training to be able to do their job.

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These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organisational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, aerospace engineers, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and most scientists.

€35k > 75 
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Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€35 - 75 
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Last Updated: May, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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EGFSN Report (July 2014) cites difficult-to-fill vacancies 

1%
Occupational Category

Chemical, Biological & Physical Scientists

Also included in this category:

Analytical chemists; industrial chemists; biomedical scientists; forensic scientists; microbiologists; geologists; medical physicists; meteorologists

Number Employed:

6,500

Part time workers: 10%
Aged over 55: 8%
Male / Female: 36 / 64%
Non-Nationals: 9%
With Third Level: 97%
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Someone who works in exploration or research in an area such as biology, chemistry, or physics, that deals with the objects, phenomena, or laws of nature and the physical world.


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1Total Records: 3

Caitriona Jackman
Planetary Scientist  

Caitriona Jackman went to secondary school at Crescent College Comprehensive in Limerick. From there, she did a degree in Applied Physics at the University of Limerick. During that time she did a 9-month co-op placement at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Surrey.  After graduation she moved to the University of Leicester to do a PhD in Planetary Science. She is now working as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London.

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James Stewart
Science Communicator  

James Stewart is employed to manage the design and delivery of a programme of workshops, shows and events hosted by W5 in Belfast. He holds a Degree in Geography and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education Management Qualifacation from ILM. Over the past two years he has been involved in delivering a programme of events to 35,000 post primary students in areas ranging from animation to anatomy.

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Brian Macken
Science Communicator  

Brian Macken is working on the Science Bus.  In secondary school he studied Physics, Applied Maths, Business, German, Geography, English, Irish and Maths. He then went on to study Theoretical Physics and Computer Science in NUI Maynooth.  Following that he did a one-year Masters in Science Communication in Dublin City University. Beyond that, all the training for working on the science bus has been on the job training - you learn by doing.

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Scientists find out how things work, often with the aim of solving problems. Experiments and a systematic, logical approach are very important to their investigations. Scientists analyse, measure and observe living things, chemicals, and the physical workings of the Earth and universe.  
 
The three main areas of science are biology, physics and chemistry, but these are inter-linked at many different levels. For example, biochemistry is the study of chemicals in organisms.  
 
Scientists work on research and development projects. Pure (or fundamental) research is the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, and is done mostly in universities.  
 
Applied research is aimed at solving a specific problem. For example: scientists develop new drugs to treat disease; find stronger and lighter materials to make aircraft with; develop vegetarian substitutes for meat; and find ways to try and improve crop yields.  
 
Scientists help provide us with energy and materials for everyday life. They find natural resources like metals, minerals, oil, gas and coal, and develop materials like plastics, glass and textiles. They work with engineers to extract or produce these materials.  
 
Increasingly, scientists are concerned with the impact of human activities on the environment. They may work to protect the environment from pollution, intensive farming, road building schemes, or the sprawl of cities into the countryside. Scientists research and develop alternative sources of energy, for example, from the sun, tides, wind, or heat stored below the Earth's surface.  
 
As well as working in laboratories many scientists travel to collect samples and data. For example, forensic scientists visit crime scenes, and provide evidence in court. And geologists map physical features in remote areas.  
 
Scientist's knowledge of products and processes is used in marketing and sales departments, and scientists may visit customers to listen to their needs or explain the latest developments.

 


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As a scientist, you must enjoy solving problems. To plan experiments, you need practical skills, but you must also be imaginative and creative. Research and development work can involve routine testing over a long period of time. For example, the process of developing a new drug often takes over ten years, from discovery and testing to commercial availability. You will need to be methodical, well organised and patient, and not mind having to repeat an experiment several times.  
 
Some scientists spend a lot of time on their own, especially during fieldwork. For example, geological scientists map remote areas, and must be prepared to work in difficult terrain.  
 
Scientists often work in teams, so good communication skills are important. You must be able to express your findings clearly, both verbally and in writing.


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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..   Biomedical Scientist - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..   Biomedical Scientist - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..   Biomedical scientist - from:  GradIreland
Go..   Clinical Scientist - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..   Clinical Scientist - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..   Clinician - from:  iCould [UK] Video
Go..   Environmental Scientist - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..   Formulation Scientist - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..   Information Scientist - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..   Marine scientist - from:  GradIreland
Go..   Scientist, industrial R&D - from:  GradIreland
Go..   Scientist, quality control - from:  GradIreland
Go..   Scientist, research - from:  GradIreland
Go..   Senior Scientist - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..   Senior Scientist - from:  iCould [UK] Video

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Organisation: Science Recruitment Ireland
  Address: 40 Grand Canal Street Upper, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 667 5008
  Email: science@sri.ie
  Url www.sri.ie
   

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Organisation: European Space Education Resource Office Ireland (ESERO)
  Address: Discover Science & Engineering, Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin, 2
  Tel: (01) 607 3014
  Email:
  Url www.esero.ie
   

 

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