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What are your interests?

Realist?

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

About

Farming continues to play a big role in Irish life, with forests growing in size plus a thriving gardening and landscaping sector there are many opportunities for those who enjoy active jobs where you are doing practical work out in the open air. Whether you are working on farms as a farm owner or farmhand, caring for our forests or smaller scale work in horticulture, where you can design landscapes or tend gardens.

Skills

    sales & marketing, communication, teamwork, leadership, time management, adaptability, active listening, attention to detail, negotiation, education & training, decision making, data analysis & statistics, one to one counselling, persuasion, developing relationships,

Key Facts

18,500
family dairy farms in Ireland
11,000
involved in growing tillage crops in Ireland
3,500
employed in mushroom growing
10,000
average number employed in forestry

Labour Market Information

There were 111,700 working in agriculture at the end of 2017, 5.0% of national employment. The vast majority (95%) of this employment was in the core agriculture activities of crop and animal production. Forestry, fishing and other agriculture activities made up the remaining 5%. There was very little change in the number employed in Agriculture between 2016 and 2017.

Advice from Experts...

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

Forestry Careers

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

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Posted by Forestry Careers Ireland
Forestry Careers
Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry

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

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Posted by Teagasc
Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry Teagasc Course Providers
Teagasc Course Providers

  • Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College
  • Clonakilty Agricultural College 
  • Ballyhaise Agricultural College
  • Botanic Gardens

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Career Videos...

 
Forestry -
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Forestry -

 
Kieran Magee - Farm Manager - Dry Stock
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Kieran Magee - Farm Manager - Dry Stock

 
Paul Dowling - Horticulturist
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Paul Dowling - Horticulturist

 
Bryan Daniels - Farmer - Dairy
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Bryan Daniels - Farmer - Dairy

Career Interviews

Denis Reidy, Farmer - Dairy

I came from an agricultural background and I have a keen interest in pedigree breeding

Ciaran Walsh, Forestry Professional

Luke Heffernan, Forestry Inspector

College Course Videos...

 
Sheep Enterprise at Ballyhaise College - Marie McGlynn - Ballyhaise Agricultural College
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Sheep Enterprise at Ballyhaise College - Marie McGlynn - Ballyhaise Agricultural College

 
Forestry DN271 - University College Dublin - UCD
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Forestry DN271 - University College Dublin - UCD

 
Agricultural Science DN250  - University College Dublin - UCD
Posted by University College Dublin - UCD

Agricultural Science DN250 - University College Dublin - UCD