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Pharmacist

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  Rachel Berry
Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!
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Engineer - Sterilisation

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Works as part of a team of engineers in the manufacturing process of medical equipment.


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A Sterilisation Engineer is responsible for the development of sterilisation cycles and sterilisation assurance for new products in the medical field. The work of a Steilisation Engineer involves guiding processes related to sterilisation and making recommendations to increase efficiency. 

Sterilisation Engineers develop and implement sterilisation adoption studies and comparative resistance studies for new products. 

Work includes developing new sterilisation cycles as required along with the assistance in the isolation and identification of any unusual contaminants. 

Sterilisation Engineers can work on project teams providing sterilization expertise to help build internal knowledge and aid in the business decision making of a company.  

The work is laboratory based and employment opportunites can be found with most pharmaceutical or medical devices companies. 
 


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  • Good practical and technical skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • An awareness of health and safety issues
  • An enquiring and analytical mind
  • The ability to meet deadlines
  • A methodical approach to your work
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Good maths and IT skills
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to work alone and in a team


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