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Mary Ita Heffernan

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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Agricultural Scientist

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an engineer must complete four years of college and work for several years in engineering to be considered qualified.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

€20k > 25 
Agricultural Scientist
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(thousands per year)*
€20 - 25 
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Graduates: 20 - 25
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* 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

Involved in all activities collectively referred to as Agriculture and related business and services.


The Work header image

Agricultural research scientists conduct fundamental research. They do this to develop new or improved methods of planting, harvesting and cultivating crops. And also to develop better ways of housing, feeding and caring for livestock.   
  
Research teams may include scientists from a wide range of subjects, including agriculture, biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, with technical support from specialists in biometrics, computing and statistics.   
  
Programmes of research fall into four broad categories: soils; plants; animals; and farm produce. Soil science involves studying the physical, chemical and biological aspects of soils that affect the nutrition, growth and production of crops. Chemists, biochemists and microbiologists analyse the properties of soil and the relationship between the soil and plants, to improve levels of fertility.   
  
Plant research relates to ecology and patterns of growth and is aimed at improving the technology of plant breeding and producing improved varieties of agricultural crop plants for eventual use by farmers. Botanists, plant physiologists and biophysicists may be involved in this.   
  
Scientists also investigate ways of controlling pests that attack plants, at minimum risk to the consumer or the environment. This includes specialisms such as entomology (insects), mycology (fungi) and virology (viruses).   
  
Research programmes on animals involve the genetics of breeding livestock, ways of controlling diseases and methods of limiting damage by predators. Animal physiologists, geneticists, bacteriologists and pathologists may specialise in this type of work.   
  
Farm produce research aims to improve the way that cereals, fruit, vegetables, meat, milk and eggs are handled and preserved. 


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A good knowledge and training in subject areas such as ecology, biology, chemistry, environmental science, soil science and botany or related disciplines. Agricultural research scientists need perseverance and patience when conducting experiments and waiting for the results. Management skills are also required when leading and supervising projects. Good organisational skills are helpful as you will be dealing with lots of figures and complex information. Communications skills are very important in order to explain scientific matters to people from non-scientific backgrounds.


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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 0200
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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: College of Amenity Horticulture
  Address: National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
  Tel: (01) 804 0201
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Bord Bia
  Address: Clanwilliam Court Lower Mount Street. Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 668 5155
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Organisation: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  Address: Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 607 2000 Lo Call 1890 200 510
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Organisation: Pallaskenry Agricultural College
  Address: Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick
  Tel: (061) 39 3100
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Organisation: Agricultural Science Association
  Address: Irish Farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin 12
  Tel: (01) 460 3682
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