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Damien Mason

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  Damien Mason

If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.

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Geneticist

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€28k > 40 
Geneticist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€28 - 40 
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Entrant: 28 - 40
Data Source(s):
FAS

Last Updated: March, 2011

* 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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At a Glance... header image

Studies the inheritance of physical traits of animals of humans due to the passing down of genes through families or populations.


The Work header image

Geneticists work in research facilities, hospitals, universities and offices. Depending on your placement you could be responsible for setting up and carrying out experiments or for analysing results and presenting information.  
 
Some manufacturing companies employ geneticist to work on research and development.  
 
In hospitals you would be responsible for advising on the diagnosis and treatment of certain conditions.  
 
All of these aspects of work demand a high level of accuracy. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Maintain laboratory notebooks that record research methods, procedures, and results.

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Review, approve, or interpret genetic laboratory results.

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Plan or conduct basic genomic and biological research related to areas such as regulation of gene expression, protein interactions, metabolic networks, and nucleic acid or protein complexes.

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Search scientific literature to select and modify methods and procedures most appropriate for genetic research goals.

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Write grants and papers or attend fundraising events to seek research funds.

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Evaluate genetic data by performing appropriate mathematical or statistical calculations and analyses.

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Extract deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or perform diagnostic tests involving processes such as gel electrophoresis, Southern blot analysis, and polymerase chain reaction analysis.

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Prepare results of experimental findings for presentation at professional conferences or in scientific journals.

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Attend clinical and research conferences and read scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current genetic research findings.

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Supervise or direct the work of other geneticists, biologists, technicians, or biometricians working on genetics research projects.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported Work Activities in this occupation.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:  Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported Knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Chemistry:  Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a geneticist you must be able to think logically. You will need a thorough and methodical approach to your work, a very high degree of accuracy and an enquiring mind. You must be able to plan and use practical experiments. You need good communication skills for working in a team and must also be able to work independently


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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
  Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
  Tel: 01 635 2000
  Email:
  Url www.hse.ie
   

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Organisation: Academy of Medical Laboratory Science (ALMS)
  Address: 31 Old Kilmainham, Dublin 8
  Tel: (0)1 9059730
  Email:
  Url www.amls.ie
   

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Organisation: National Centre for Medical Genetics
  Address: Our Lady's Children's hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12
  Tel: (01) 409 6902
  Email:
  Url www.genetics.ie
   

 

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