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Biotechnologist

Ringa Hangarau Koiora

Biotechnologists use their knowledge of living organisms to create new animal or plant-based products such as pest-resistant crops and pharmaceuticals. 

 

Job opportunities
Good
Training usually required
3-9 years

Biotechnologists usually earn
$55K-$75K per year

Senior biotechnologists usually earn
$76K-$130K per year

Forensic Scientist

Kaipūtaiao Taihara

Forensic scientists apply scientific knowledge and skills to investigating crimes and helping the police find or eliminate crime suspects. They may also do research into developing or improving forensic techniques.

Job opportunities
Poor
Training usually required
3-5 years

Forensic scientists assisting crime investigations usually earn
$50K-$90K per year

Forensic scientists doing research usually earn
$55K-$130K per year

Food Technologist

Kaihangarau Kai

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.

Job opportunities
Good
Training usually required
3-5 years

Food technologists usually earn
$50K-$95K per year

Chemist

Kairarau Matū

Chemists study the make-up and behaviour of chemicals, and may use their findings to develop new products and processes.

Job opportunities
Good
Training usually required
>5 years

Chemists with a Bachelor's or Master's degree usually earn
$40K-$75K per year

Chemists with PhDs usually earn
$70K-$140K per year

Marine Biologist

Kaimātai Koiora Moana

Marine biologists study plants and animals that live in sea water, and their relationships with each other and their environment.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
5-9 years

Marine biologists with a Master's degree and four years' experience, or a PhD and 2 years' experience usually earn
$56-$66K per year

Senior marine biologists with a PhD and five years' experience or more usually earn
$69-$78K per year

Geophysicist

Kaimātai Pūtaiao Whenua

Geophysicists use data-collecting technology to study natural processes of the Earth such as earthquake and volcanic activity, and to locate minerals, oil and gas, or ground water.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
3-6 years

Geophysicists usually earn
$65K-$110K per year

Senior geophysicists may earn
$95K-$170K per year

Medical Physicist

Kaiahupūngao Whakaora

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

Job opportunities
Good
Training usually required
8 years

Trainee medical physicists usually earn
$55K-$73K per year

Qualified medical physicists usually earn
$89K-$141K per year

Biochemist

Kairarau Matū Koiora

Biochemists study the chemical structure and function of animals, plants and micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses. They use this research to develop medical, industrial and agricultural products.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
3-9 years

Biochemists usually earn
$35K-$75K per year

Senior biochemists with PhDs usually earn
$76K-$130K per year

Zoologist

Kaipūtaiao Kararehe

Zoologists study animals and all aspects of their lives, including their habitats, habits and anatomy.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
>3 years

Zoologists with a Masters usually earn
$55K-$75K per year

Zoologists with PhDs and several years' experience usually earn
$76K-$130K per year

Microbiologist

Kaimātai Koiora Mororiki

Microbiologists study organisms such as bacteria, viruses, algae or fungi, and the effects they have on plants, animals and humans. They also develop products and procedures to benefit humans or the environment.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
3-9 years

Microbiologists usually earn
$35K-$75K per year

Senior microbiologists with PhDs usually earn
$76K-$130K per year