Ireland is a world player in the field of medical technology, with many of the world’s top pharmaceutical companies based here. Job opportunities within this industry are diverse, but the growing nature of the sector ensures that there are interesting and challenging roles available for skilled graduates throughout the many areas of the field.
Medical device companies want the very best graduates Ireland has to offer, and with government sponsored training programmes at all levels focused on developing talent in this industry, the pool of qualified professionals is growing. The awareness of the importance of medical science to the Irish economy has driven efforts to create a sustainable workforce, and this is great news for those wishing to gain employment in these areas.
The skills that are in demand are multi-disciplined and offer opportunities in many different branches of medical science. All of the following areas can lead to careers within this industry, so there is plenty of versatility for matching your passion with your talents and creating the career you want.
1. ICT. The medical device industry is increasingly demanding individuals with excellent ICT skills, and this is an area that is seeing a great deal of government investment. There are opportunities for ICT experts across all levels of the field, and if this is a pathway that appeals to you, you should explore the potential of medtech and ICT conversion courses. Specialisms such as nanotechnology, informatics and statistics will continue to be in high demand going forward, and the highest calibre individuals will experience a consistent demand for their expertise.
2. Engineering. Skilled engineers are a vital part of the medical device industry, and this is another growth area. At the present time, demands centre on engineers with specialisms in lean six sigma, NPD, automation and polymer engineering, but the demand for process engineers, manufacturing engineers, quality and validation engineers and process design engineers is consistently high. Expertise in this area allows a degree of choice regarding individual interest and career path in Ireland that may not be available in other places.
3. Science. Of course, high quality applicants with science backgrounds will find many suitable opportunities to develop their skills and specialisms. Experts in material science, biological sciences, chemistry and pharmacology are always in high demand, and the growth in sectors such as biotechnology and pharmaceuticals in the locality offers exciting opportunities to Irish graduates in these fields.
CareerWise is Ireland’s leading specialist Technical and Executive Recruitment firm, and we can help you to secure the new role you want. We specialise in recruiting within the Medical Device industry, and our excellent team thrive on finding the right candidate for the right position at every level of the sector.
Mike Morrissey has extensive knowledge of production, quality and engineering, having worked for Dell, Creative Labs and Tyco Safety Products /Sensormatic.
His expansive operational experience is grounded with training as a Six Sigma Black Belt.
As a lead auditor, he is very familiar with compliance and quality standards and has project managed the implementation of the environmental standard ISO14001. He has successfully utilised his project management and team leading skills in implementing numerous cost-saving and process improvement projects.
Since joining CareerWise Recruitment, Mike has graduated with a Diploma in Personnel Management from UCC and is a Chartered member of the CIPD.
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