The demand for highly skilled environmental scientists in Ireland has never been greater. The labour market needs qualified graduates to help manage the environmental challenges of climate change, habitat and biodiversity loss and to direct Irish agriculture onto a more sustainable path.
Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), Thurles Campus has one of the longest established Environmental Science Departments in the country, and its graduates are considered work ready from their final exam.
LIT Lecturer Elisha McGrane said, “LIT Thurles has been successfully producing graduates in this area for 20 years and now we continue to use our extensive experience to develop courses that address the most pressing environmental, agricultural and sustainable development issues of the day. The courses at LIT Thurles have attracted both local and national students but also international students from as far away as Brazil, China, Nigeria, Austria and Switzerland.
“Our graduates are working in a wide range of sectors including environmental consultancies such as CDM Smith; agencies like Teagasc, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Coillte, Local Authorities, Irish Water, Inland Fisheries Ireland, ABP Food Group and AgriData.”