Farming, Horticulture & Forestry


Farming continues to play a big role in Irish life, with forests growing in size plus a thriving gardening and landscaping sector there are many opportunities for those who enjoy active jobs where you are doing practical work out in the open air. Whether you are working on farms as a farm owner or farmhand, caring for our forests or smaller scale work in horticulture, where you can design landscapes or tend gardens.


  • active learning
  • communication
  • crop management
  • active listening
  • active listening
  • data analysis & statistics
  • decision making
  • decision making
  • developing relationships
  • education & training
  • adaptability
  • health and safety
  • independence
  • initiative
  • leadership
  • maintaining machinery
  • negotiation
  • animal care

Key Facts

About This Sector

Labour Market & Jobs

There were 111,700 working in agriculture 54.6% of national employment, a reduction on the 111,700 people employed in sector in 2017. The vast majority (95%) of this employment was in the core agriculture activities of crop and animal production. Forestry, fishing and other agriculture activities made up the remaining 5%.

Employment in the sector fell between 2013 and 2018, but issues sourcing staff have developed in specific areas, especially horticulture and dairy farming.

Current Jobs