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For my particular job role, as a yield analysis engineer, good organization and communication skills are quite important. Along with having the technical knowledge, being able to properly communicate your ideas/findings is very important. A lot of my day is spent dealing with other people in the factory and it is very important to be able to communicate efficiently with them.

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Food Science with Business

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The main aim of the course is to develop a graduate with the knowledge and skills to competently work in the various sectors of the industry i.e. meat, dairy, grain, bread, sugar and drinks. The course will equip graduates with expertise in food safety management, modern food processing methods, regulatory affairs, epidemiology and food business. Professional development of the person is a key feature of the course. A twelve week industrial placement in the food industry organised in the third year of the course.

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WD164 - Food Science with Business
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WD164 - Food Science with Business
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Recent studies have highlighted the need for a proper interface between third level colleges and the food industry that would enhance graduate employment prospects. It is envisaged that graduates would enter such areas as production processing quality assurance food analysis product development as supervisor / manager

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