Which Jobs Are In Demand In Ireland?

Supply and demand, it’s a pretty easy economic model to get your head around. The less there is of something, the more it’s worth. The same principle can be applied to the world of work - the fewer people that are qualified for jobs, the more those jobs are worth. Thanks to the rapid pace of technological changes, there are some key roles that employers are crying out for skilled staff to fill. Upskilling for these sought-after areas will put you in high demand. Read on as we unearth four of Ireland’s most sought after skills.

Data Analytics

One by-product of the digital economy’s rapid growth is the overwhelming amount of data it produces. This data offers huge potential to uncover insights for all industries, making it a valuable commodity. Data analytics can be applied across many sectors. For example, in the healthcare industry, data analytics can lead to lifesaving treatment and better diagnosis. As a relatively new discipline, there is huge demand for employees with this skillset. And data analysis is not just a sought-after skill in Ireland, it’s also in high demand globally. This gives you fantastic potential to take your career abroad if that’s what you’re after.

Food and Beverages

Ireland’s food and beverage industry is big and it’s only getting bigger. 50,000 people are directly employed in the industry and that is expected to increase by 23,000 by 2025. That’s a sizable chunk of our workforce. Couple that with the estimation that global population is set to increase by 1 billion by 2030 and you’ve got the perfect storm for an in-demand career. Our food and beverages (think Kerry and Jameson) are world renowned with a reputation for premium quality and export figures that topped €10.5 billion last year. There are hundreds of Irish food and beverage companies on the hunt for staff with the right skills. And there are plenty of opportunities for foodie types with a great idea to set up their own burgeoning business.


Consider this for a moment. Ireland is the largest exporter of medicines in the world. Our tiny Island punches way above its weight when it comes to pharma. Pharma generates over 50% of our exports and directly employs nearly 25,000. Pretty much every pharmaceutical company in the world has a base in Ireland. These are huge multinational companies like Pfizer and GSK and they have facilities all over the country. Demand for Pharma talent in Ireland has never been higher and upskilling for areas like business operations or technology will put you in demand.


How would you like to make a device that saves someone’s life? Unless you already work in it, you are unlikely to know the scale of Ireland’s medical device industry. Suffice to say, it’s huge. 18 of the world’s top 25 medical device companies have a base in Ireland. It’s largely an export industry and we’re one of the largest Medtech exporters in Europe. The area is projecting strong growth with an additional 4,000 jobs expected by 2020. There are Medtech companies scattered throughout Ireland, but if you’re in Galway you’re at a slight advantage - this county has a large concentration of companies on the hunt for talent to fill roles.

Get the Skills You Need

If you’re keen to plot your next career move to one of these lucrative industries, then you’re in luck. You can upskill for these industries with a course from Innopharma. We offer part-time courses in all of the above. Take a look at our our courses to find your perfect fit.


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