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Enterprising

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

About

The world around us is fragile, human activity threatens to push it over the edge in many ways, including by encroaching on wild animals homes, driving forward climate change and polluting the sea with plastic. Many jobs involve working to protect the environment, environmental scientists study damage to the environment, engineers and businesspeople investigate ways to solve environmental issues and environmental inspectors ensure that laws protecting the environment are being followed. It is not the highest paying sector, but many who work in the sector are passionate about the earth so find the work immensely rewarding.

Skills

    science, geology, data analysis & statistics, communication, research & development, critical thinking, geography, complying with regulations, problem solving, engineering, physics, analysing systems, managing resources, animal care, observation and assessment,

Key Facts

2030
The target date for Ireland's Climate Change commitments under the Paris Accords
1.5
degrees the tempatrure increase limit targeted by the Paris Agreement
10.6%
of energy generated in Ireland comes from renewable sources
420
million years since two colliding continents created the roots of Ireland's complex geology

Labour Market Information

The demand for those with science and engineering skills is not confined to the Earth & Environment sector. While output from science and engineering courses has been growing in recent years these graduates are in strong demand across a variety of occupations, which may lead to difficulty sourcing candidates.

Specialist skills for certain science and engineering roles require extensive experience and although small in number they are required nationwide. Demand for those working in science and engineering occupations is driven chiefly by high-tech and related industries.

Advice from Experts...

If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.

Sustainable Energy

  • Career Opportunities 
  • Education and Training 
  • Career Advice 
  • About this Sector

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Posted by Sustainable Energy Authority
Transition Year Workshop
Transition Year Workshop

  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Climate Change 
  • Renewable Technologies
  • Book a Workshop

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Posted by Sustainable Energy Authority
One Good Idea Competition
One Good Idea Competition

  • Annual SEAI School Competition 
  • Help tackle Climate Change
  • Create a Campaign
  • Prizes for Students and Teachers

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Posted by Sustainable Energy Authority

Career Videos...

 
Marie O'Donovan - Environmental Officer
Posted by CRH plc

Marie O'Donovan - Environmental Officer

 
Des Lalor - Wind Engineer
Posted by Sustainable Energy Authority

Des Lalor - Wind Engineer

 
Liam McCaul - R&D Engineer
Posted by Sustainable Energy Authority

Liam McCaul - R&D Engineer

 
Donal Og Cusack - Automation/Energy Engineer
Posted by Sustainable Energy Authority

Donal Og Cusack - Automation/Energy Engineer

Career Interviews

Cecilia Fenech, Environmental Scientist

I love travelling and meeting other people. You get to go to conferences and meetings abroad and meet other people who love your subject as much as you do. 

Shane McDonagh, Renewable Energy Engineering

You need to be creative, logical, and sometimes patient for this job but the work comes easy if you’re interested in what you do.

Damien Haberlin, Ecologist (Post-Doctoral Researcher)

You will fail at times, so you must be tenacious. You must be willing to learn continuously.

College Course Videos...

 
Biological & Environmental Studies / Wildlife Biology - Institute of Technology Tralee
Posted by Institute of Technology Tralee

Biological & Environmental Studies / Wildlife Biology - Institute of Technology Tralee

 
Geology TR062 - Trinity College Dublin
Posted by Trinity College Dublin

Geology TR062 - Trinity College Dublin

 
Civil and Environemntal Engineering CK600  - University College Cork
Posted by University College Cork

Civil and Environemntal Engineering CK600 - University College Cork