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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

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Sea Fishing

Sea Fishing

In communities all along Ireland’s coast, sea fishing is an important focus of economic life, providing jobs, income and investment, while playing a key role in local identity. 

There are many different types of commercial fishing engaged in. Smaller boats will work close to the shore, heading out and returning on the same day with fresh catches. But then there are larger fishing boats, right up to supertrawlers, that will spend days or weeks at sea, with large crews, combining deckhands, mechanics, engineers, right up to a captain. These ships can be complex, high tech operations, demanding a variety of technical skills and experience.

On a fishing vessel, there are lots of different employment opportunities including deckhand, steering and lookout duties, maintenance of fishing gear and on-board equipment. If hands-on work and the feel of the salt spray in you face are your idea of healthy outdoor work, this is for you.

Sustainability is vitally important to fishing, not catching fish faster than their stocks can be replenished, so that the industry and the communities they sustain have a future.

All the fish that has been caught also need to be processed. There are large factory ships capable of carrying out this processing at sea, but in Ireland, most seafood processing happens on shore creating even more jobs in the handling, distribution and processing of the fish. Activity is concentrated around the coast, especially in the counties of Galway, Kerry, and Donegal.

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Occupations in Sea Fishing
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Fisherman / woman

Works on a trawler at sea, catching and landing all kinds of fish and shellfish.


Buys fish wholesale and hand-prepares it for sale to customers.


Responsible for all aspects of a running and maintaining a fishing vessel, including its crew. Decides where and when to fish, and how the fish are sold.

Ship Mate

Co-ordinates or supervises the activities of a crew on board ships and boats.

Ships Officer

Employed on ferries, cruise ships, cargo container ships, and a wide range of vessels designed for specialised supply, support and rescue roles.

Fisheries Biologist

Fisheries Biologists study fish, particularly their behaviour, their numbers and how they interact with their environments.