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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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Growing crops and breeding animals is a big part of farm life. Our farms make up a major source of economic activity and are the focus of rural life.

The food on your table isn’t the only thing that comes from the Irish farm, farms sell their produce to a wide variety of industries, whether it's the's the wool in your clothes or the crops used to make biofuels and biopolymers. They may sell their produce to food manufacturers to be processed into food or they may sell directly to the consumer at farmers markets.

There are two main forms of farming in Ireland. One is tillage farming, growing food for livestock and for industries such as baking bread, beer brewing, making breakfast cereals and distilling. The other is dairy farming, raising cows and other farm animals for milk.

Employment connected to tillage farming not only includes growers but also those employed in the food processing sector dependent on tillage crops. 

Dairy farming is growing again in Ireland, the removal of milk quotas means farmers have even more opportunity to increase output and herd size, creating demand for farm hands to assist them. The expanding Irish dairy industry can now provide a range of attractive career opportunities that can potentially lead to farm and business ownership.

Agriculture-related businesses include: Supplying farmers - i.e. the manufacture and sales of animal feed, fertiliser, equipment, machinery and even insurance; and the Marketing of farm produce - i.e. the distribution, processing and retailing of agricultural and horticultural products to consumers.

Farm life is different to almost every other career, the days start earlier and may end later. The type of work you will be doing will change with the season and you will be out in the weather for most of your working day.

Agricultural work is becoming more technical thanks to breakthroughs in agricultural science, crop management and farm machinery. This has increased the value of agricultural science courses, giving prospective farmers a grounding in the changing business and technical demands of agricultural life.

Although the nature of some of the work in this sector can be very physical, it offers a healthy and rewarding lifestyle. As a starting point, you should consider whether you would enjoy the outdoor life and working with nature.

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Occupations in Agriculture
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Farm Worker / Labourer

Farm workers carry out the general duties and heavy labour involved in running a farm.

Farm Assistant - Dairy

This is the first step on the career ladder to becoming a dairy farmer.

Herd Manager - Dairy

Responsible for care of the dairy herd and maintenance of all facilities related to dairy production.

Agricultural Mechanic

Specialises in identifying faults, repairing, overhauling and maintaining farm tractors and farm machinery.

Agricultural Technician

Supports technical work with farm machinery in a wide variety of areas, including the development and testing of new products for the farming industry, service engineering to install, repair and maintain equipment.

Animal Nutritionist/Feed Nutritionist

Animal Nutritionists look after the food of animals, ensuring they recieve a healthy, balanced diet that enhances the animals well-being.

Farm Manager

Supervises and manages the running of a farm.

Farmer - Dairy

Owns or works on a dairy farm carrying out the day to day duties involved in managing a dairy herd.

Farmer - Dry Stock

Works on a farm helping the farmer or farm manager with his/her running of the farm.

Agricultural Adviser

Supervises departmental staff and monitors the implementation of various Government schemes relating to Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

Agricultural Engineer

Focused on improving farm productivity through the development and maintenance of farm machinery and the design of agricultural systems and infrastructure.

Agricultural Inspector

Works for government agencies to ensure that traders, farmers and agribusinesses comply with all relevant laws and regulations.

Agricultural Officer - Technical

Carries out various functions related to services and schemes operated by the Department of Agriculture in addition to operating controls relating to animal welfare, public health, animal health and EU payment schemes.

Agricultural Scientist / Agronomist

Conducts research and studies the various ways crops and plants can be cultivated, genetically altered, towards improved production and yield.

Dairy Industry Research Scientist

Works at various levels within the dairy industry including supervisory and management positions.