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Popular courses to pursue in Ireland

Ireland is a small island country, situated on the westernmost tip of Europe. Ireland is a nation renowned for its culture and traditions, well-known quality of education and science. It has a  relatively small population having a wonderful history of schooling.

It has been reported that Ireland will soon be entering full employment. Given past trends, the Irish economy has experienced increased demand in a variety of industries, including Life Sciences, Financial Services, Technology, Engineering, Pharmaceuticals, etc 

That said, there are a variety of popular courses in Ireland, such as Cyber Security, Data Technology, Computer Science, Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Business Analytics, Finance and Accounting, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Marketing and Pharmaceuticals.

According to the report by “The Irish Times Top 1000” there are a variety of fortune 500 companies and they are headquartered in Ireland, like Apple Ireland, Google, Facebook, Johnson Controls and Microsoft.

Let’s talk about the five most famous courses in Ireland!

Business Analytics

This course is very well-known among students as it is a mix of Computer Programming, Data Analytics, and Business Intelligence. It helps you to evaluate the organization’s data in order to plan business benefit strategies.

Career scope: Data Scientist, Business Analyst, Data Analyst, Financial Analyst, Acquisitions Analyst, Statistician, Software Engineer, Quantitative Analyst.

Average salary: For an entry level business analytics graduate, the average salary in Ireland is approximately €40,000 per year while an experienced worker can earn up to €52,000 per year. In fact, for three years in a row, Glassdoor has ranked data scientist and data analyst as the best job of the year in Ireland. 

Investment Banking and Finance

The majority of top asset management firms and investment banks in the world operate in Dublin, which has gradually increased the demand for employees who can work in the compliance and risk department in particular.

Career scope: Financial Regulator, Financial Broker, Financial Analyst, Retail Banker, Investment or Corporate Finance Banker.

Average salary: For a financial graduate, the average salary in Ireland depends on the occupation chosen. For example, the average salary of a Financial Analyst is €42,000 per annum, for Fund Accountant it is €29,000, for Investment Analyst is €34,000, for Risk Analyst is €39,000, and for Associate – Investment Banking is €44,000.

Data Science/ Big Data

Data is everywhere in today’s digital world. In fact, it is said that the amount of data available doubles every two years. With several large IT companies situated in Dublin, all foreign tech students wishing to work with such MNCs have their doors opened.

Career scope: Business Intelligence Analyst, Technical Product Manager, Data Analytics Consultant, Data Analytics, Big Data Solutions Engineer, Big Data Architect, Video Analytics and Data Scientist.

Average salary: For a Data Scientist with less than one year of experience should expect an overall gross salary of approximately €36,000 per year. (including tips, overtime pay and incentives).

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ireland is known as a famous European pharmaceutical place. The country’s pharmaceutical industry is a poised combination of local and international firms, 120 of which are foreign manufacturers based in Ireland.

The degree courses in Pharmaceutical Science include the study of pharmacology,  biochemistry, physiology, toxicology, medicinal and analytical chemistry, which develops the skills needed for collaborative and individual research in different pharmaceutical fields, such as drug production.

Career scope: Pharmacologists, Development chemist, Process Chemist, Retail Pharmacist, Pharmacovigilance, Teaching and Research. 

Average salary: For a Pharmacovigilance Officer graduate, the average salary ranges from €28,000 to €55,000 per year related to drug safety associates. If one chooses to be a pharmacist, the salary may range from €31,000 to €40,000 per year on an average.


Construction courses are created to meet the expectations of the industry to position graduates in the skilled workforce as they will be prepared with the concepts and management and the fundamentals of construction technology, as well as general management skills.

Career scope: Quantity Surveyors, Site Technicians, Estimators, Programmers, Contract Managers, Site Managers and Planners. 

Average salary: For an early-career construction manager in Ireland, one can earn up to €43,000 per year (approximately), while the average wage for the early-career project manager in the construction industry is €44,000 per year (approximately). 


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