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Monaghan Institute

Monaghan Institute


Ecology-Conservation and Sustainable Development

Code:  5M5028
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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The human population is constantly growing, which in turn creates increased pressure on the environment. Natural resources that are vital to life on the planet such as water, soil and biodiversity are finite and vulnerable to damage through over-exploitation and poor management. The Ecology course focuses on the intelligent and responsible management of these valuable ecosystem resources, ensuring that people can continue to enjoy them.

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Agricultural Officer   Engineer - Biosystems / Agriculture / Food  
Landscape Scientist   Food Technologist  
Geotechnician   Food Safety Consultant  
Food Scientist   Farmer - Dairy  
Forester - Professional   Brewer  
Arborist   Horticultural Scientist  
Agricultural Scientist   Horticultural Manager  
Groundsperson   Dairy Industry Scientist  
Farmer - Dry Stock   Farm Manager  
Agricultural Adviser   Cartographer   
Molecular Biologist   Biochemist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Marine Scientist  
Marine Biologist   Arboriculturalist / Tree Surgeon  
Environmental Scientist   Ecologist  
Botanist   Recycling Officer   
Environmental Health Officer   Environmental Officer  
Environmental Technician   Timber Technologist  

Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Earth Science & Environment
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
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