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Naturalist

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's 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.

About

Social care is a field for those driven to help improve people's lives. There are a wide variety of support services available, for groups such as the elderly, the homeless or the unemployed. Working in this field will mean active workplaces where you will be helping people who are facing challenges in their lives. As a society we are becoming more aware of the importance of caring for mental health. Psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors are professionals who assist people in caring for their mental health. They can work one to one or with companies.

Skills

    caring for others, problem solving, communication, one to one counselling, empathy, compassion, leadership, initiative, adaptability, managing resources, time management, prioritising work, working with children, leadership, health & safety,

Key Facts

1,500
approximate number of psychotherapists represented by The Irish Council for Psychotherapy
3,000
approximate number of psychologists represented by The Psychological Society of Ireland
16,193
health and social care professionals employed by the HSE in 2018
14
social care professions currently or scheduled to be regulated by CORU

Labour Market Information

Approximately 115,200 persons were employed in the psychological and social care sector, representing 5.2% of the national workforce. About half of the workers in this sector are Care and Home Care workers. Employment is growing in this occupation as a result of the aging population in Ireland. Many are employed in part-time roles; the recent job hire analysis and the high number of job ready jobseekers previously employed in this occupation indicate that churn is a significant factor in this occupation.

The National Skills Bulletin 2018 reports that growth for other occupational groups in this sector is typically below average, mainly due to declining demographics. While no shortages in Social workers and Welfare professionals were identified, demand is evident for social work services in Ireland.

The SOLAS Vacancy Overview 2018 noted that demographic trends mean their will continue to be demand for social and care workers in the future.

Career and Training Opportunities with...

St. Michael's House

Services at St. Michael’s House are delivered through 170 centers throughout Dublin City and County and Navan, Co Meath. We have three regional headquarters in Dublin, in Ballymun, Coolock and Goatstown.

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Career Videos...

 
Liam Dowling - Clinical Nurse Manager 2
Posted by St. Michael's House

Liam Dowling - Clinical Nurse Manager 2

 
Naoise Pye - Social Care Worker
Posted by St. Michael's House

Naoise Pye - Social Care Worker

 
Mary Ita Heffernan - Social Worker
Posted by Health Service Executive

Mary Ita Heffernan - Social Worker

 
Brian Howard - Guidance Counsellor
Posted by Department of Education and Skills

Brian Howard - Guidance Counsellor

Career Interviews

Elaine MacDonald, Psychologist - Clinical

Curiosity or a desire to learn and understand people and behaviour, is very important as it sustains motivation in sometimes challenging cases.

Tomas Flanagan, Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapy is all about the needs of the individual. You must understand these needs and always have this as the focus of your work.

College Course Videos...

 
Applied Social Studies in Social Care  - TU Dublin - Blanchardstown
Posted by TU Dublin - Blanchardstown

Applied Social Studies in Social Care - TU Dublin - Blanchardstown

 
Disability Equality Studies - St Angela's College
Posted by St Angela's College

Disability Equality Studies - St Angela's College

 
Psychology LM102  - University of Limerick
Posted by University of Limerick

Psychology LM102 - University of Limerick