Eight out of every ten people working in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) related careers here say they are either satisfied or highly satisfied with their job, a new survey has found.

The figure is slightly higher than the satisfaction levels among those working in health (78%), law, humanities and finance workers (76%) and employees in the education sectors (70%).

STEM employees also consider their work to more inspiring and pioneering than those in many other sectors.

In finance, for example, just 7% of staff considered their work to be pioneering and only one in every five thought it was inspiring.

The health sector was the only other one included in the survey where inspiration levels were higher.

The findings weren’t all positive for STEM careers though, with the sector experiencing a low level of apprenticeship and internship uptake compared to other industries.

Expectations of salary growth among STEM employees was higher than in other sectors, however.

Regionally, STEM workers in Galway were the most satisfied at 95% followed by those working in Cork and then Dublin.

The survey was carried out by the BT Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition, which launched its 2019 event today.

900 employees across a range of sectors were interviewed by Brandtactics at the start of April for the survey.

The 2019 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition takes place from the 9th and the 12th of January and prospective entrants are being urged to start thinking about their entries now.