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This sector deals with the use of technology to improve health. It is a significant industry in Ireland, with many people employed in creating medical devices such as contact lenses, diabetes injectors and ventilators. Biomedical technologies fuse biology and medicine with the goal of maintaining and improving animal and human health. On the more advanced edges of the sector the devices worked on can seem like they’re straight out of a science fiction movie.

Skills

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

Key Facts

33%
of all contact lenses in the world are made in Ireland
450
medtech companies operating in Ireland
38,000
employed in medtech companies in Ireland
18
of the worlds top 25 medtech companies are based in Ireland

Labour Market Information

According to the Irish Medtech Association 38,000 are employed in Medtech, with companies planning on hiring up to 4000 new staff by 2020. This means Ireland has, per capita, the highest number of people employed in Medtech.

Innovation and competitiveness are vital to the sector in Ireland. Key to maintaining their advantage in these areas are the qualifed gradutes emerging from Irish heigher education institutions.

 

Career Interview Videos...

Sinead Kenny - Design Engineer
Posted by Smart Futures

Sinead Kenny - Design Engineer

Fergus O'Connell - Quality Officer
Posted by BioPharmachem Ireland

Fergus O'Connell - Quality Officer

College Course Videos...

Biomedical Engineering CR075 - Cork Institute of Technology
Posted by Cork Institute of Technology

Biomedical Engineering CR075 - Cork Institute of Technology

Industrial Biochemistry - University of Limerick
Posted by University of Limerick

Industrial Biochemistry - University of Limerick

Chemical & Biochemical Engineering LM115  - University of Limerick
Posted by University of Limerick

Chemical & Biochemical Engineering LM115 - University of Limerick

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