Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Emilia Gilroy from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Emilia Gilroy

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It is a very rewarding but also extremely challenging job. It requires a lot of resilience, mental strength, patience and compassion. It means seeing people at their worst in the most difficult circumstances.

It involves making difficult decisions, which will have life changing consequences for the offenders. If you think you have the ability to handle all that, it is a truly great job with amazing opportunities.
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Labour Market Information

Employers in Ireland report difficulties in recruiting staff for the following occupations. This information is derived from the EGFSN (Expert Group on Future Skills Needs) along with current media reports. Many of these occupations are also expected to remain in demand for the coming few years.

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Leaving Certificate plus professional award

Analyses financial information and prepares financial reports to determine or maintain a record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organisation.

 
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Level 6 Cert + Professional qualification
Multilingual

Prepares and provides financial records and information for both accountants and financial managers.

 
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<p>Level 8 Honours Degree that involves maths as a major subject plus Professional body award.</p>

Uses mathematical and statistical methods to assess financial probabilities for projects found mainly in the insurance industry.

 
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Leaving Certificate plus professional award
Creates an advertising campaign for a client. Work involves marketing and packaging of products, market research, exhibitions and public relations services. 
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Degree in Medicine

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in preventing patients from feeling pain whilst they undergo surgery and other medical procedures.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Analytical Chemists study the exact chemical composition of natural and artificial materials.

 
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Leaving Certificate plus third level qualification

Plays a coordinating role in the technical design elements at the centre of the building design process.

 
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Level 9 Award in related subject area: MSc postgraduate courses in astronomy or physics would normal

Astronomers research stars, planets and the universe. They study and analyse maps, space, and the universe at large, using information from telescopes and satellites.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

An Auditor is a Professional Accountant who has undergone further post qualification training.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Studies the chemistry of animals and plants and analyses their cells and tissues.

 
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Science Degree
Niche areas

Studies, analyses and collects information about both plant and animal life.

 
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Junior/Leaving Certificate + Cert or Diploma in Construction or related studies.

Supervise, control and co-ordinate the construction of building, civil engineering, engineering and architectural projects on-site.

 
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A Business Degree or greater with a great deal of expreience in the world of business.

Provides objective advice, expertise and specialist skills with the aim of creating value, maximising growth or improving the business performance of their clients.

 
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Degree or greater
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Provides objective advice, expertise and specialist skills with the aim of creating value, maximising growth or improving the business performance of their clients.

 
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No formal entry requirements. However. courses in buisness studies are an advantage.
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Involved in the creation and development of new business opportunities for a company.

 
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The wholesale butcher works with beef, lamb and pork and prepares it for sale to retail butchers, restaurants, hotels and caterers.

 
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Leaving Certificate + Further Cooking Training
Retention issues

Works in a kitchen preparing food, organising supplies and supervising staff.

 
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Chemical plant process technicians monitor the equipment and machinery used to make chemical products including colourants like dyes and paints, drugs and medicines and fertilisers.

 
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Science Degree in chemistry. applied or analytical chemistry. biochemistry or a related.

Researches and analyses the content and structure of chemical substances.

 
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Provides technical assistance to chemists by setting up equipment, preparing and carrying out experiments and taking measurements.

 
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Junior Certificate plus Apprenticeship

Assists with the preparation, cooking and presentation of food and in the running of the restaurant.

 
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Level 7 Degree or greater in relevant discipline

Plans, directs, or coordinates activities of an organisation to ensure compliance with ethical or legal standards.

 
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Computer support specialists offer telephone, email or web-based support to people who are having problems with computer hardware or software.

 
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Level 7 or 8 Degree

Writes, edits and alters Application Software Programs for computers.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater

Installs, maintains and repairs computer systems and computer hardware.

 
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Junior/Leaving Certificate + FAS Apprenticeship

Service and maintains all the equipment and machinery used on construction plants.

 
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Typically Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor Degree in larger companies. or equivalent on-the-job experience

Responsible for ensuring a companies income is maximised and bad debtors are minimised by implementing the company’s credit control procedures.

 
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Leaving Certificate + Further Training

Responsible for dealing with customer queries and complaints, and ensuring fare trading between a customer and a company.

 
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The customer services manager ensures that all staff work to their company's standard in satisfying each customer's requirement, enquiry or complaint politely and efficiently.

 
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Leaving Certificate + Further training

Manages telephone interactions with customers, using appropriate processes, tools and systems to address the customers needs.

 
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Performs analysis of data and works out how the findings of the analysis can best be applied to profit the business.

 
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Builds and maintains a virtualised data service layer that can draw data from any source and make it available across organisations in a consistent, easy-to-access manner. 

 
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Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor Degree or greater in IT area

Supervises and controls the creation and maintenance of databases and record filing systems.

 
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<p>Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree</p>

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in examing, treating and advising sick people in a local GP surgery, or in a hospital setting.

 
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 Level 9 Award in related subject area

Analyses financial information to forecast future economic trends.

 
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Junior/Leaving Certificate + FÁS Apprenticeship

Installs, services, maintains and repairs electrical wiring and connects to power in all type of buildings from domestic to industrial.

 
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<p>Level 7 Degree or greater.</p>

Engaged in the design, development and implementation of sensor and robotic systems for applications the technology sector.

 
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Third Level degree in Chemistry or Engineering

Researches, designs and plans the processes involved in the production of chemicals.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Works on the technical design of new products, selecting materials, researching manufacturing processes, testing prototypes etc.

 
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Level 8 Honours Degree

Works in industrial, commercial and domestic environments designing, installing and testing electrical hardware.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
Niche areas

Researches, designs, develops, and tests electronic components and systems for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.

 
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Level 7 or 8 Degree in Engineering

Works on ways of producing energy from renewable or sustainable sources such as wind power, solar power or biofuels, or on more traditional sources such as oil and gas.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Has expertise in a wide range of manufacturing technologies and computer and management control systems.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Performs engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelors Degree in related subject

Investigate the behaviour of materials under different conditions, to support advances in technology in a range of industries.

 
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Third Level degree in Chemistry or Engineering

Develop economical industrial processes that make the huge range of products on which modern society depends, e.g: food and drink; fuel; artificial fibres; pharmaceuticals; chemicals; electronics, plastics; and clean water.

 
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<p>Level 7 Degree or greater.</p>

Designs, installs, and evaluates quality assurance systems, procedures, and measuring techniques

 
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Level 7 or 8 Degree

Develops, creates, and modifies general computer applications software or specialised utility programs.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Works on the different types of technology that enable us to communicate over distance, including satellite and cable systems, mobile phones, radio waves, the Internet and electronic mail. Also known as a Network Architect.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Completes or oversees all the calibration and testing of the various instruments and pieces of equipment used in the lab for measuring, weighing and processing raw and refined materials

 
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Level 6 Cert or equivalent

Designs, modifies, and tests machinery under the direction of a mechanical engineer.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater + experience

Works with a company helping to pursue new, international markets for their products. The work involves identifying potential clients, establishing contacts and bridging a language or culture gap to establish a trading partnership.

 
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Degree

Advises people on how to get the most from their financial earnings and savings.

 
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Level 7/8 Degree or greater

Searches for trends in stock markets, and decides where to invest funds to minimise risk and maximise profit.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater

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

 
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Operates a forklift truck transporting heavy goods to and from difficult places.

 
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Ensures that cargo is moved quickly and efficiently between countries by organising the most efficient and cost effective transportation of goods.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Prepares bank account reconciliation, deals with cash transfers, bonds and equity settlements.

 
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No formal education requirements.

Responsible for the delivery and collection of goods throughout Ireland, the UK and on the continent.

 
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Degree (Various disciplines)

Responsible for recruitment of staff, internal staff development, employee training and development.

 
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Level 8 Honours Degree + further professional qualification
Works in partnership with clients, advising them how to use information technology in order to meet their business objectives or overcome problems. 
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Level 6 Cert or greater (IT or Business)
Supervises and manages the running of a computer department. 
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Level 6 Cert or greater

Manages computer systems within an organisation and handles any problems that arise.

 
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Implements and monitors security protocols at the development stages of software systems, networks and data centres.

 
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Degree + Professional Exam

Provides professional management advice and direction to businesses and associations.

 
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No formal education requirements.

Helps to design, develop and improve the systems that convert raw materials into finished products.

 
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Degree or higher

Organises the analysis of a market for a product or service.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater

Carries out surveys by interviewing people in person and over the telephone.

 
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Degree or higher

Supervises and plans a market strategy for a company's product or service.

 
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Level 7 or 8 Degree in Science

Works to ensure doctors and hospital medical staff are aware of, buy and subsequently use their company's products.

 
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Junior/Leaving Certificate + FAS Apprenticeship
Makes steel girders and metal structures for use in the construction of buildings and other heavy duty equipment. 
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Science Degree with Microbiology as major subject.

Studies and researches micro-organisms like bacteria and algae.

 
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Plans, designs, implements and troubleshoots computer networks.

 
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RANPs - Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioners - are the highest level of clinical experts in the nursing profession in Ireland.

 
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Children's nurses care for babies, children and adolescents. They apply their specialist knowledge to the particular needs and problems of children and their families.

 
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<p>Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree</p>

Works in a hospital or clinic caring for patients and assisting doctors and surgeons with their treatment.

 
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<p>Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree</p>

Tends to the special needs of people with intellectual disabilities, working in either residential or community services.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Cares for pregnant women during both the pregnancy and the birth.

 
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Degree

Helps people to restore and maintain mental health and may also have an educative role in the prevention of psychiatric illness.

 
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<p>Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree</p>

The prescribing of medicinal products is a new role for nurses and midwives in Ireland in order to meet the needs of patients/clients and the community in general.

 
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Honours Degree required - available only in the UK through UCAS application

Diagnoses and treats difficulties with human eye movement.

 
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Level 9 Award

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in treating sick children and new-born babies.

 
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Level 6/7 Degree +

Manages a payroll department or team responsible for making sure that wages were paid correctly and on time. In smaller companies, may also carry out general payroll administration duties.

 
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Degree plus additional professional human resource qualification.

Plans, directs, and coordinates the human resource management activities of an organisation.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater

Recruits, trains and develops staff, supervises staff schemes and organises company social events.

 
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FAS Training Centre in Tallaght runs a 6-week Construction Plant Operative course.

Prepares building sites by excavating, moving, placing and shaping soil or other materials.

 
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A Polymer (or Plastics) technician works in the in the manufacturing sector in a range of industries. 

 
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Leaving Certificate + Relevant experience

Sources and buys products and stock for use, or resale, by retailers, wholesalers, companies or organisations.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater
Niche areas. Multilingual
Responsible for business planning and supplying product information and support for the direct sales teams. 
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Third Level degree in Science

Checks and tests materials and finished goods towards ensuring that they meet production standards.

 
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Degree plus on-the-job training.

Works to ensure Good Manufacturing Practice requirements are met and that international standards are adhered to.

 
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Degree in quantity surveying.

Calculates the cost of building projects, taking into account labour, materials, taxes and maintenance costs.

 
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Diagnostic radiographers use radiological equipment, including X-ray or ultrasound. They take pictures of parts of the body where illness or injury is known or suspected.

 
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Specialises in radiation therapy (the use of high-energy x-rays or other particles) to treat cancer, by killing cancer cells.

 
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Level 8 Honours Degree + training

Plans and carries out experiments and investigations to increase scientific knowledge in a range of areas such as life sciences, including physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, plant sciences.

 
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Level 7/8 Degree + professional qualifications

Responsible for identifying and analysing areas of potential financial risk that threaten the assets, earning capacity or success of an organisation.

 
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Leaving Certificate + relevant experience

Sells a company's products and services to other companies, associations and the general public.

 
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Salespeople sell goods and services to individuals and to businesses.

 
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<p>Level 9 Award in related subject area</p>

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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Works to increase a website's visibility on the internet.