Jobs in skill shortage

Jobs can appear on an Immigration New Zealand skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled workers from overseas to work in that role in New Zealand.

Find out what jobs are currently on Immigration New Zealand's long term, immediate and Canterbury skill shortage lists, within the following industries.

Jobs in Science


Food technologists research and develop new food and beverage products and/or improve the quality of existing products. They may also develop or improve the processing, packaging, storage, and safety of food in line with government and industry standards.

Medical laboratory scientists carry out laboratory tests on blood, tissues and other samples taken from patients.

Medical physicists help plan radiation treatment for patients, check and monitor radiation equipment, and develop new treatment techniques.