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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.

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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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Posted by Teagasc

Career Videos...

 
Forestry Services -
Posted by Forestry Careers Ireland

Forestry Services -

 
Student Video - Agriculture
Posted by Teagasc

Student Video - Agriculture

 
Ian Lawlor - Teagasc Horticulture Student
Posted by Teagasc

Ian Lawlor - Teagasc Horticulture Student

 
Teagasc - Careers in Dairy Farming
Posted by Teagasc

Teagasc - Careers in Dairy Farming

Career Interviews

Seamus Dunne, Forestry Inspectorate

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

Ciaran Walsh, Forestry Professional

College Course Videos...

 
Overview of Ballyhaise College by John Kelly, College Principal - Ballyhaise Agricultural College
Posted by Ballyhaise Agricultural College

Overview of Ballyhaise College by John Kelly, College Principal - Ballyhaise Agricultural College

 
Agricultural Science - Institute of Technology Tralee
Posted by Institute of Technology Tralee

Agricultural Science - Institute of Technology Tralee

 
Environmental Management in Agriculture - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT
Posted by Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT

Environmental Management in Agriculture - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT