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We asked Orla Gallagher from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Orla Gallagher

Spa Manager

Failte Ireland

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  Orla Gallagher
If considering a job in this field I think its best to have a therapy background or a caring background. Be prepared to work hard, it takes alot of effort to help create the perfect environment for others to relax in. Work well with others and help your collegues it makes for a friendly workplace and you never know when you will need their assistance. An interest in sales and marketing would also be avantageous, as you must be competitive with other spa's offerings.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Pharmaceutical Science

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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3 Years
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<p>Pharmaceutical science is a three year degree combining a broad range of scientific subjects that are important for the discovery, development and manufacture of drugs and therapies.</p>

This is a three year degree aimed at producing graduates in pharmaceutical science.
Students will cover areas of chemical, biological and analytical sciences of particular relevance to the pharmaceutical industry.
Quality management is also covered which is very important for this area.
A project will be completed in year 3 where the student works independently in a particular research area.
The course allows you to obtain a worthwhile qualification after three years of study.
It allows a more flexible progression to further qualifications such as transfer to the fourth year of a related honours degree at WIT or elsewhere.


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WD175 - Pharmaceutical Science
Waterford IT

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WD175 - Pharmaceutical Science
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The main career opportunities are in the pharmaceutical and related industries in areas such as
- Laboratory analysis
- Quality assurance
- Research and development of pharmaceutical products
- Environmental analysis

Graduates have found widespread employment in the large number of pharmaceutical industries in the southeast.

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