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Not sure which industries suit your degree?

Consider what you've studied and look for an industry that relies on your specific skills and experience. For example, you've acquired strong written and communication skills from your English or Marketing degree, so look for work in publishing, radio or brand management. Or if you've studied the sciences, maths or engineering, consider work in urban planning or logistics.

Find your qualification below and get inspired to put your skills to use in a variety of industries. The industries listed below are just some of the careers worth considering.

Accounting

  • Accounting department of any large business.
  • Credit control
  • Actuary funds management
  • Auditing
  • Inventory control
  • Claims control

Art History

  • Archiving
  • Auction houses
  • Art dealers
  • Art galleries
  • Historical centres
  • Art buying
  • Graphic design
  • Grants offices
  • Photography

Business Information Systems

  • Systems analysis and design
  • Computer programming
  • Database development
  • Network technologies
  • Information systems security
  • Web technologies
  • Project planning
  • Analysis design
  • Support systems
  • Integration
  • Database administration
  • Business application development
  • Intranet development and administration
  • Hardware and software design
  • Web design and administration

Commerce

  • Accounting
  • Business analysis
  • Para planning
  • Business banking
  • Investor communications
  • Equities advising/analysis
  • Funds accounting
  • Financial advice
  • Mortgage broking
  • Junior support analysis
  • Financial accounting
  • Financial planning
  • Loan consultation
  • Accounts administration
  • Logistics import/export

Cultural Studies

  • Libraries
  • Community projects
  • Galleries or museums
  • Arts administration
  • Government
  • Research
  • Public administration
  • Urban planning
  • Research analysis
  • Consulting
  • Sales research
  • Non-profits

English

  • Publishing
  • Newspapers or magazines
  • Theatre or screenwriting
  • Creative writing
  • Radio or TV
  • Technical writing, e.g. in computer or natural sciences, architecture or employment services

Hospitality

  • Hotels, 3-star rated or higher (cannot fill labour needs)
  • Restaurants, 3-star rated or higher (cannot fill labour needs)
  • Country clubs
  • Travel agencies
  • Tourism centres

Marketing

  • Advertising
  • Web marketing
  • Public relations
  • Brand management
  • Product and service marketing
  • Market research
  • Events and promotion
  • Communications
  • Recruitment

Medical

  • Observational work
  • Research/development techniques

Note: You are not allowed to have any hands-on contact with patients or administer any medical care.

Physics

  • Telecommunications
  • Industrial physics
  • Hospital physics
  • Computing electronics
  • Quality control
  • Research technique development

Psychology

  • Administration
  • Social work administration/operations
  • Other management-related occupations
  • Human resources
  • Business services
  • Marketing and sales
  • Field research

Note: You are not allowed to provide counselling to individuals. You are also not allowed to work as a manager in the USA.

Social work

  • Social work administration and operations (must include <20% unskilled tasks, including filing, answering phones, data entry, etc.)
  • Social work research and policy (unpublished)
  • Volunteer management (observation-based only; direct management is prohibited)
  • Community outreach
  • Job coaching
  • Social and human services that help social workers, healthcare workers, and other professionals providing services to people

Travel/Tourism

  • Retail travel
  • Currency exchange
  • Tour providers
  • Tourist boards
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Conferencing and events
  • Accommodation services, including hotels and holiday parks
  • Event planning organizations

You must not fill a labour need. You cannot work as a server/bartender. You must be considered an intern in the company you work with

Agriculture/Horticulture

  • Food science
  • Soil science
  • Animal science
  • Landscaping
  • Golf courses and clubs
  • Seed genetics
  • Landscape design and management
  • Parks management
  • Horticultural research
  • Consulting
  • Zoos
  • Wildlife preservation centres
  • Aquariums
  • Farm management
  • Animal health companies
  • Agricultural agencies
  • Agribusinesses
  • Government agencies
  • Nature publications, such as National Geographic

Note: You are not allowed to have hands-on training.In addition, you cannot provide medical treatment. Both of these tasks are required to be observational only.

Biology

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomechanical engineering
  • Epidemiology
  • Biometrician/statistician
  • Nanotechnology
  • Medical physics
  • Medical illustration, bio-animation and films
  • Molecular visualization
  • Botany and ethnobotany
  • Horticulture
  • Bioethicist
  • Dietician
  • Bioterrorism research
  • Conservation biology
  • Environmental science
  • Agricultural science

Note: You are not allowed to carry out any independent research projects and you must be well supervised at all times. In addition, no research-related tasks can result in a human diagnosis or treatment.

Civil Engineering

  • General contracting
  • Petrochemical engineering
  • Power industry
  • Construction
  • Architecture
  • Project management
  • Research organisations
  • Consultants

Note: You cannot work as a labourer or tradesman on the programme.

Communications

  • Journalism and publishing
  • Public relations
  • Radio or TV
  • Graphic design
  • Advertising
  • Production
  • Film studios
  • Web design

Education

  • Observational work
  • Research/development roles
  • Curriculum development

Note: You are not allowed to have any direct interaction with students or work as a teacher.

Fashion

  • Fashion design
  • Styling
  • Fashion industry public relations
  • Retail buying departments
  • Visual merchandising
  • Online fashion companies
  • Costumes in film and TV

Human Resources

  • Development and administration
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Industrial or technology training
  • Management development
  • Performance improvement
  • Labor relations
  • Employment law
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Personnel selection
  • Individual development
  • Ergonomics
  • Research
  • Benefits and compensation
  • Information Systems (HRIS)
  • Recruitment
  • Occupational Safety

Mathematics

  • Finance department of any company
  • Banking
  • Financial institutions
  • Stockbroking
  • Insurance
  • Actuarial roles and insurance
  • Statistics
  • Operations research
  • Computer and information sciences

Music

  • Music therapy (observational/research only)
  • Music libraries
  • Recording and post production
  • Arts administration
  • Copywriting
  • Event production
  • Film scoring
  • Music licensing
  • Talent representation
  • Royalty analysis
  • Music publishing
  • Music for game development and technology

Political Science

  • Activist or organiser
  • Administration (corporate, non-profit, etc.)
  • Budget analysis
  • Law
  • City planning and housing
  • Corporate analysis
  • Information analysis
  • Government relations
  • Journalism
  • Policy analysis
  • Urban policy planner
  • Web content editor

Sociology

  • Human resources
  • Research
  • International business
  • Corporate research companies
  • Administration
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Public relations
  • Social research
  • Marketing
  • Policy analysis
  • Community work
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector

Architecture

  • Interior and spatial design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Set design
  • Town planning and urban design
  • Property development
  • Asset management
  • Project management
  • Environmental design
  • Construction management
  • Furniture design
  • Industrial design
  • Conservation
  • Graphic design and illustration
  • Architectural journalism or history

Business

  • Accountancy
  • Banking
  • Investments
  • Financial services
  • General management
  • Human resources/personnel
  • Advertising
  • Management consultancy
  • Public relations
  • Retail management
  • Sales and marketing
  • Realty

Chemistry

  • Food and beverage
  • Quality control
  • Pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries
  • Minerals and metals
  • Hospital research
  • Industrial laboratories
  • Health protection branches
  • Waterworks departments
  • Chemical testing/analysis
  • Research institutes
  • Cosmetics
  • Utility companies
  • Chemical distribution
  • Petroleum
  • Chemistry consulting
  • Environmental consulting
  • Pulp and paper industries
  • Agriculture
  • Professional chemical societies
  • Textiles
  • Police laboratories
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Technical libraries
  • Science museums
  • Distilleries and breweries

You are not allowed to carry out any independent research projects and you must be well supervised at all times.

Computer Science

  • Animation, computer aided design or graphic design
  • Computer programming
  • Database analysis/management
  • Media centres
  • Software engineering or development
  • Systems analysis
  • Aerospace
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data processing
  • Research operations
  • Simulation
  • Software engineering
  • Telecommunications

Electronic Engineering

  • Electronics and electrical manufacturing
  • Local authorities
  • Research and education
  • Telecommunications
  • Electronic engineering companies
  • System management software companies

Geography/Urban Planning

  • Environmental management
  • Conservation
  • Waste management
  • Environmental regulation
  • Outdoor recreation planning
  • Historical preservation
  • Community development
  • Cartography
  • Geographic information systems
  • Remote sensing
  • City/regional planning, including housing development
  • Conventions and tourism
  • Transportation
  • Location scouting
  • Real estate analysis
  • Transportation
  • Agricultural planning
  • Town councils
  • Law firms
  • Community centres

Irish

  • Any Irish company operating in the USA, such as Kerrygold or Guinness
  • Cultural centres
  • Irish pastoral centres
  • Irish embassies
  • Archiving
  • Museums
  • Publishing
  • Heritage centres
  • Political parties

Mechanical Engineering

  • Medical device industry
  • Power industry
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Automotive industry
  • Consulting
  • Design
  • Mining energy

Nutrition

  • Food companies
  • Laboratories
  • Food suppliers
  • Health promotion
  • Menu planning
  • Budgeting
  • Purchasing
  • Food preparation
  • Health-related magazines and websites
  • Catering
  • Food manufacturing
  • Sports teams
  • Product Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Consumer food science

Note: No coaching, fitness instructing, or any hands-on work allowed

Property/Real Estate

  • Residential property management
  • Commercial property management and sales
  • Mortgage banking
  • Brokerage
  • Leasing, appraisal, site location and procurement
  • Planning and development
  • Commercial property practice
  • Residential property practice
  • Valuation

Sports/Health

  • Professional sports teams
  • Sports arenas
  • Sporting events (e.g. PGA Tour)
  • Golf clubs

Note: No coaching, fitness instructing, or any hands-on work allowed