The Marine/Maritime Economy could create 10,000 new jobs up to 2020
There are approximately 16,155 persons employed in the marine economy in marine and coastal regions around the country. The roles straddle the full range of occupations from managerial and professional to operatives, including:
- Marine biologists
- Maritime lawyers
- Environmental scientists
- Naval architects
- Technicians and crane operators
- Fish filleters.
The marine economy has the potential to grow a substantial amount in the next few years and therefore create employment both directly and indirectly.
The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) research published in April 2015, A Study of the Current and Future Skills Requirements of the Marine/Maritime Economy to 2020, assesses the skills requirements for five key subsectors of the marine economy:
- Seafood and Bio-Products;
- Maritime Transport, Shipbuilding and Services;
- Marine Tourism; and
- Maritime Monitoring, Security and Surveillance.
The most-wanted skills identified by the report include engineers, people with boat-handling skills and hydrographic surveyors. The whole area of fishing and general marine research is huge in Ireland already, but marine energy is a cool niche area that is growing sugnificantly.
The report proposes recommendations to ensure the right skills will be available for enterprises in the developing Irish Marine Economy out to 2020.
Lack of Awareness of Marine Careers
A key finding in the study is the lack of awareness about possible careers in the marine economy. The study highlights the scope for regional job creation and opportunities for young people to obtain local employment in growing sectors such as aquaculture, supply and services to the offshore energy sector and technology in the marine environment.
The report, and key findings presentation, can be viewed online here.
Source: Education & Skills Policy Unit, Dept. Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation
The CareersPortal Team