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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

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Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

Before any treatment can be provided to the general population they must go through rigorous testing to ensure they are safe and effective. This process of experimentation is referred to as clinical trials.

These trials occur in phases, where the drug is tested on patients or on healthy volunteers. Clinical Trials are guided by strict codes of ethics which protect the participants and authorisation must be received from the Health Products Regulatory Authority before any trial can be carried out in Ireland.

Occupations in Clinical Trials
(sorted by Job Zone)

Laboratory Assistant

Laboratory assistants help scientists and laboratory technicians in industrial, medical and educational laboratories.

Laboratory Technician

Works in a laboratory assisting scientific and technical staff with day to day duties.

Biological / Microbiological Scientist

Studies, analyses and collects information about both plant and animal life.


Studies the chemistry of animals and plants and analyses their cells and tissues.

Industrial Chemist / Pharmacist

Studies the make-up and behaviour of chemicals, the way they react with each other and how they can be used in industrial processes such as producing plastics, pharmaceuticals or silicon chips.

QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst

Checks and tests materials and finished goods towards ensuring that they meet production standards.

QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Manager

Works to ensure Good Manufacturing Practice requirements are met and that international standards are adhered to.

Molecular Biologist
Researches the interactions between the various systems of a cell, including the interactions between DNA, RNA and protein biosynthesis.
Studies the effects of chemicals and medicine on both animals and humans.
Biomedical Engineer

Develops devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems by combining their knowledge of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices.

Medical Physicist

Applies scientific knowledge, engineering and technological skills to help prevent, diagnose and treat many kinds of disease and health conditions.

Research Scientist

Plans and carries out experiments and investigations to increase scientific knowledge in a range of areas such as life sciences, including physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, plant sciences.

Prosthetist / Orthotist

Designs, attaches, and provides maintenance for artificial limbs, including robotic implants.


Researches how the nervous system behaves; develops pharmaceuticals for neurological disorders.