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Meteorologist

Matapae Huarere

Meteorologists study the atmosphere to understand and predict weather and climate.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
4-6 years

New meteorologists usually earn
$45K-$60K per year

Meteorologists with experience usually earn
$60K-$165K per year

Geologist

Kaimātai Aro Whenua

Geologists study Earth processes, such as earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions, to predict future events. They also advise on natural hazards and how to develop or use the Earth's land and resources.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
3-7 years

New geologists usually earn
$65K-$75K per year

Senior geologists usually earn
$120K-$180K 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
$50K-$90K per year

Chemists with PhDs usually earn
$90K-$150K 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

New medical physicists usually earn
$60K-$80K per year

Experienced medical physicists usually earn
$98K-$156K per year

Microbiologist

Kaimātai Koiora Mororiki

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

Job opportunities
Good
Training usually required
3-9 years

Microbiologists usually earn
$44K-$75K per year

Senior microbiologists usually earn
$75K-$130K 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 groundwater.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
3-7 years

New geophysicists usually earn
$65K-$75K per year

Senior geophysicists usually earn
$120K-$180K per year

Marine Biologist

Kaimātai Koiora Moana

Marine biologists study animals and plants that live in the sea, and how they interact with their surroundings.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
5-9 years

New marine biologists usually earn
$55K-$80K per year

Experienced marine biologists usually earn
$83K-$190K per year

Food Technologist

Kaihangarau Kai

Food technologists research, develop and improve food and drink products. They may also be involved in the processing, packaging, storage and safety of food to meet government and industry standards.

Job opportunities
Good
Training usually required
3-5 years

Food technologists with up to six years' experience usually earn
$45K-$110K per year

Senior food technologists with more experience usually earn
$100K-$140K per year