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Career Opportunities

Our department prepares graduates for highly sought-after roles in the advanced manufacturing and biopharmachem industries with excellent salary and career progression opportunities. While the majority (70%) of our graduates find employment in the regional BioPharmaChem sector, many find roles in diverse sectors including Food and BeverageEnergy (PetroChemical), IT & Data Analytics, Advanced Electronics & Photonics Research and even the Space industry! A snapshot of global employers of our graduates is presented below: 


There is an ongoing skills shortage in the core emploment sectors that are closely related to our programmes. The annual Vacancy overview published by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs identifies key sectors with significant employment opportunities. Specific areas related to our graduates include Analytical Chemists, Quality Assurance Specialists, Automation Engineers, Process Instrumentation Specialists, Environmental Scientists


Further detail of related employment demand for areas related to our programmes can be found on the Future Skills website. Some relevant reports include: 

Report (2016): Future Skills Needs of the Biopharma Industry in Ireland

Report (2016): Guidance for Higher Education providers on current and future skills needs of enterprise

A selection of roles taken by our graduates in leading global companies are outlined below: 

Automation/Instrument Engineer

  • Automation service providers (Pilz, ABB, Emerson, Zenith)
  • Pharmaceutical companies (Eli Lilly, Jansen, Roche, Regeneron)
  • I.T. sector (EMC, Apple)

Analytical Chemist

  • BioPharmaChem (Eli Lilly, Jansen, Roche)
  • PetroChemical (Irving Oil)

Data Analytics

  • Software Integration Consultant (TQS Integration, ATS Global)

Instrumentation & Calibration

  • Calibration specialists (Jones Engineering, Hanley, Douglas Control)
  • Pharmaceutical companies (Eli Lilly, Jansen, Roche)
  • Energy and Natural Resources (Gas Networks Ireland, BP)

Quality Assurance Specialist

  • Pharmaceutical companies (Eli Lilly, Jansen, Roche)
  • Food industry (Kerry Group, Kellog, Heineken)

Environmental Monitoring Technician

  • Environmental Audit (Environet, EPA)
  • Water/Air quality analysis (Southern Scientific, EPA)

Salary Comparison

For an indication of the salary range for many of these roles, please see the following annually published salary guides:



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