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Agricultural/Horticultural ScientistAlternative titles

Kaipūtaiao Ahuwhenua

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Farming Scientist/Researcher

Agricultural/horticultural scientists study farm animals, soils, pastures and crops to improve their yield, health and quality, and to prevent pests and disease.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733


Agricultural/horticultural scientists usually start on
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Agricultural/horticultural scientists with several years' experience usually earn
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How many people are doing this job?

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Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Job opportunities


Chances of getting a job as an agricultural/horticultural scientist are good due to a shortage of people in the role.

How to get into this job

Usually required

Master's degree in a relevant science subject

Useful school subjects

Agriculture and Horticulture




A scientist at a work bench inside a greenhouse, measuring the growth of a potted clover plant

Agricultural scientists may specialise in plant research (Photo courtesy of AgResearch)

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Updated 12 Aug 2013