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This sector represents some of the largest industries operating in Ireland, with high employment and significant research occurring. Work in the sector is highly technical and education standards vary, but most will have a third level qualification in a science subject. Pharma is an especially prominent industry, with most of the worlds largest pharma companies based here producing billions of euro worth of exports.

Skills

    Lab work, health and safety, maths, chemistry, biology, engineering, operating machinery, quality control, teamwork, critical thinking, creating & following processes, using computers, data analysis & statistics, problem solving, technology,

Key Facts

30,000
directly employed in Biopharmaceuticals
10
of the worlds 10 largest pharma companies are based in Ireland
4
billion has been invested in biophramachem since 2012
39
billion in biopharma exports each year

Labour Market Information

There are enough qualified graduates to meet the annual recruitment requirement (5000 graduates per year) but as in preceding years there is increasing demand for employees with a high level of experience and/or skills in niche areas. The demand is in pharmaceuticals, biopharma and food development, but the specific shortages apply to a very small number of jobs in the context of the broader economy.

In 2018 61,300 were employed in high tech manufacturing, the vast majority of this employment, roughly two-thirds, is in pharmaceuticals.

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BioPharmaChemical Careers

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

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Posted by BioPharmachem Ireland
Laboratory Apprenticeships
Laboratory Apprenticeships

  • Become an Apprentice
  • Level 6 and Level 7 Programmes
  • Earn and Learn 
  • Who's Hiring?

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BioPharmaChem Sector
BioPharmaChem Sector

  • Significant Growth 
  • Excellent Reputation 
  • Jobs in Demand 
  • Competitive Environment 

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Career and Training Opportunities with...

Helsinn

Helsinn has over 40 years worth of experience as a pharmaceutical company, leading the way to develop solutions that improve everyday lives of patients

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Eli Lilly

At Lilly, we believe our people are the source of all our successes. Our future depends on our global community of employees whose varied perspectives, experiences and skills fuel the creativity for pharmaceutical innovation.

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Pfizer

The story of bringing a medicine to life is no different than any other process of creation. It requires innovation, imagination, and restless perseverance in the face of obstacles both expected and unforeseen

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Career Interview Videos...

SMART FUTURES - Discover STEM
Posted by Smart Futures

SMART FUTURES - Discover STEM

Fergus O'Connell - Quality Officer
Posted by BioPharmachem Ireland

Fergus O'Connell - Quality Officer

Pfizer Employees - A Day in the Life at Pfizer
Posted by Pfizer

Pfizer Employees - A Day in the Life at Pfizer

Brian Kelly - Science Entrepreneur
Posted by BioPharmachem Ireland

Brian Kelly - Science Entrepreneur

College Course Videos...

Pharmacy Technician TL652 - Institute of Technology Tralee
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Pharmacy Technician TL652 - Institute of Technology Tralee

Science LM125  - University of Limerick
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Science LM125 - University of Limerick

Science with concurrent Teacher Education LM096  - University of Limerick
Posted by University of Limerick

Science with concurrent Teacher Education LM096 - University of Limerick

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