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Working in Science

Did you know that Ireland currently ranks number one in the world in nanosciences? Number two in immunology, and computer sciences? 

Ireland's science-related industries are thriving. We are one of the largest exporters of pharmaceuticals and medical devices in the world and have 12 SFI-funded research centres creating cutting-edge discoveries in areas such neonatal research, photonics, geosciences and big data. 

Thanks to the power of science we can improve our health and wellbeing, explore new worlds, and make our world a better place. The only limits are those we imagine!

Love Irish science? Here is the new 2016 'Little Book of Irish Science -100 things you should know'.

Students should not be put off by perceived negative stereotypes about what kind of people work in science and instead, should explore these diverse career areas for themselves.


On this website you can read lots of examples of science-related career stories (explore our STEM career pathsways section here) and watch videos to give you a better idea about what scientists do, what they study and where they can be found working. Check out information on new STEM-related apprenticeships.

How do I get involved?


Watch this full YouTube series about careers in science here.

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