Careers in Science & Engineering

Our science and engineering degrees will prepare you for much more than life in the laboratory. They are a foundation for the future, a key to a secure and rewarding career, and a first step along the pathway of lifelong learning.

  • Read about some of the School's past students and see what they are doing now.
  • Paid Work Placements are an excellent introduction to a career in science and engineering.
  • Check out the Government's careersnz website to find out more about where a science or engineering career can take you, including expected earnings.

Science Careers

From the natural environment, to our own health and wellbeing, to the technology we use in our everyday lives – science is everywhere.

It is scientists who will solve tomorrow’s problems and the future is calling for the next generation of curious minds that can do just that.

If you're intrigued by the world around you and enjoy biology, chemistry, earth sciences or environmental sciences, a degree in science may be what you're looking for.

A science degree will open doors to some of the world’s fastest growing industries and most exciting research areas, including the sustainable management of environmental resources.

Scientists also play a vital role within non-government organisations (NGOs), and local and central government.

Career options include:

  • Agritechnology
  • Biomedical research
  • Biotechnology
  • Coastal and land use planning
  • Electronics
  • Environmental management
  • Food and dairy
  • Iron and steel manufacturing
  • Oil and gas
  • Petrochemicals and plastics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Pulp, paper and wood
  • Renewable energy
  • Restoration ecology
  • Software development
  • Telecommunications

Engineering Careers

If you thrive in a team environment where problem-solving is key and you're strong in science and mathematics, a career in engineering may be for you.

Engineering professionals lead the way in innovation by improving infrastructure, building smarter technologies and working to discover alternative and renewable energy sources and environmentally friendly materials and practices.

New Zealand needs more professional engineers. Currently, less than 1,000 professional engineers graduate each year; countries with similar populations to New Zealand have more than double that number of engineering graduates.

Increasing the number of trained engineers is seen as essential for New Zealand’s growth in technology-related enterprises.

Engineers also enjoy competitive salaries. An Engineering New Zealand survey found that in 2016 the median base salary for graduates with less than 5 years’ experience is $60,000. For full-time salaried employees, the median base salary this year was $92,500, with median total remuneration $98,000.

Our eligible engineering programmes are fully accredited by Engineering New Zealand (formerly IPENZ), indicating they meet the internationally benchmarked standards for professional engineering specified by the Washington Accord. Our graduates have been exposed to a broad range of engineering-related principles throughout their undergraduate degree, while our ME and PhD graduates have developed world-class research skills in their specialist areas.

Career options include:

  • Agricultural engineer
  • Automation engineer
  • Biochemical engineer
  • Chemical process engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Electronic engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Food technology engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Mechatronic designer
  • Product design engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Systems manager