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Agricultural/Horticultural ScientistAlternative titles

Kaipūtaiao Ahuwhenua

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Agronomist
Farming Scientist/Researcher
Horticulturist

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

Pay

Agricultural/horticultural scientists usually start on
$60K-$65K
per year
Agricultural/horticultural scientists with several years' experience usually earn
$66K-$100K
per year

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
894
Year 2011
896
Year 2010
897
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Job opportunities

Good

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

Biology

Chemistry

Mathematics

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