Ireland's Marine/Maritime Economy could create more than 10,000 new jobs in the next 5 years.
Ireland is trying to make use of its natural resources to tap into the €1,200 billion global marine market.
At the moment, there are an estimated 16,000 people employed in the marine economy. Sectors include: Marine Tourism, Offshore Energy, Seafood Products, Maritime Transport, Shipbuilding and Services.
A report published by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN), predicts that figure could rise to more than 26,000 by 2020.
The roles that are to be created by 2020 include: marine biologists, engineers, professional operatives, crane operators, maritime lawyers, naval architects and environmental scientists.
Chairperson of the EGFSN, Una Halligan said:
“With our position on the western periphery of Europe facing the Atlantic Ocean and its energy resources, our deep water ports and our 7,500 km coastline Ireland is well placed to capitalise on the growing potential of the global marine economy and create sustainable jobs in the coastal regions."
"However, an important aspect will be the co-ordinated effort on the part of all the marine sectors to raise awareness of the excellent and rewarding careers in the sector and attracting people to the opportunities available.”
The Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English T.D said:
“I welcome the report which was a key deliverable under the Action Plan for Jobs. It highlights the positive outlook for the future of the sector and shows that there is significant employment growth expected."
"The study also highlights the scope for regional job creation and opportunities for young people to obtain local employment in growing sectors; such as aquaculture, supply and services to the offshore energy sector and technology in the marine environment."