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We asked Fiona Coyle from Hewlett-Packard to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Fiona Coyle

Ink Chemist

Hewlett-Packard

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  Fiona Coyle
You have to be willing to work things out. Every day we meet problems and as a scientist it is my job to understand the problem and then find a solution. A good technical knowledge of your area is essential, in my case Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science. A willingness to learn is essential and it is really important to listen to people around you as they may have the answer to your problem or a piece of the problem. Most people in my job would have a degree in a Science disipline and/or a post graduate degree such as a Masters or Ph.D.
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Construction Professional Occupations

Key points for selected construction professional and associate professional occupations

  • There were approximately 20,000 persons employed in the selected construction professional and associate professional occupations, representing 1.1% of Ireland’s workforce
  • Approximately 86% of overall employment was at professional level; the remainder was at associate professional level
  • Just over 80% of overall employment was concentrated in three sectors: almost 60% was in professional, scientific and technical activities (mostly in architectural and engineering activities) while a further 16% was in public administration and defence and an additional 8% was in construction
  • Overall employment in the selected occupations contracted at an average annual rate of 5.9% over the period 2007- 2012; with average annual rates of -8.1% and -7.5%, the sharpest rates of decline were for architects/town planners and construction related technicians respectively (architects and town planners experienced the most negative growth among all professional occupations in the national workforce)
  • Between 2007 and 2012, there were approximately 7,000 net job losses ‒ the majority were for professional occupations (particularly civil engineers and architects/town planners)
  • In contrast, between 2011 and 2012, overall employment expanded ‒ increasing by 7.9%; employment of architects/town planners and architectural technologists, construction project managers and surveyors increased in both absolute and relative terms
  • Over four fifths of all employed persons in both construction professional and associate professional occupations were aged 25-54; the age profile of employed architects and town planners was the most mature, with 15% aged 55 and over
  • The majority of persons employed in construction professional and associate professional occupations held third level qualifications
  • At 83%, the overall workforce of the selected occupations was predominantly male; the share of females was the highest for architects/town planners which, at 42%, was nearly four times greater than the female share of all other occupations in this group
  • The workforce of architects/town planners also had the highest share of persons in part-time employment, reflecting the relatively high representation of females

Shortage Indicators

There is currently no shortage of construction professional skills. Some job opportunities may arise in connection to a limited number of civil and social infrastructural projects (e.g. building of the new children’s hospital, new schools) and anticipated construction in respect of the building of industrial plant for domestic and multi-national companies (e.g. Glanbia, HP, Acuvue, Intel, Sangart, etc.).

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These links are to well established sources of information used to review, evaluate and predict changes in our labour market.

EGFSN - Report for HE Providers on Springboard 2014 / ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme 
February 2014 Report "Guidance for Higher Education providers on current and future skills needs of enterprise - Springboard 2014 / ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme"
Addressing Future Demand for High-level ICT Skills (EGFSN) 
Study forecasting the demand for high-level ICT skills to 2018, across all sectors of the economy in Ireland.
The Green Economy in Ireland (EGFSN) 
This study identifies the future skills needs of enterprise engaged within the green economy in Ireland and proposes a range of measures to ensure that their future skills base will drive business and employment growth. The study informs education and tra
National Skills Bulletin 2013 
Current National Skills Bulletin, providing a detailed overview of the Irish labour market. It is based on research conducted by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit of FÁS (Now SOLAS)on behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs.
Vacancy Overview 2012 
Released Feb. 2013 by the skills and Labour Market Unit of FAS (now SOLAS) on behalf of the EGFSN, the report outlines areas where job vacancies arose during 2012 and areas where demand continues to exist
CSO - Central Statistics Office 
This is the primary source of statistical information about our population. Several of the reports generated by the CSO provide the basis of most other reports on the Labour Market.
Forfás - Ireland's national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation 
Forfás provides the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation (formerly Enterprise, Trade and Employment - DETE) and other stakeholders with analysis, advice and support on issues related to enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation.
Skills and Labour Market Reports 
A list of current Publications directly related to Labour Market conditions produced jointly by SOLAS (formerly FAS) and the EGFSN
EGFSN - Expert Group on Future Skills Needs 
The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) is a body appointed by the Irish Government to advise it on aspects of education and training related to the future skills requirements of the enterprise sector of the Irish economy.
HEA - Higher Education Authority 
This link points to some of the Statistical data created by the HEA relating to our Higher Education system.
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These sites provide news of current events that relate to our evolving labour market.

IBEC Quarterly Economic Trends 
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Irish Independant News - Labour Market 
Current news relating to the Irish Labour market.


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