AGRI-SCIENCE

FIND SOLUTIONS TO COMPLEX SECTOR CHALLENGES AND NEEDS

Starting in science gives you flexibility and great skills to diversify into an on-farm, agri-business or science career.

New Zealand research scientists are world leaders in applying new science technologies to this dynamic sector such as gene discovery, plant and animal physiology and molecular genetics.

Agri-science careers

  • Agronomist
  • Animal behaviour scientist
  • Consulting officer
  • Consultant
  • Crop scientist
  • Farm systems scientist / modeller
  • Geneticist / molecular biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Reproduction scientist
  • Biometrician
  • Technician
  • Veterinarian

Investigate study options

You may spend the next three to seven years at university. Find out about the course, the campus, city life, and lifestyle you can expect.

get a mentor

A mentor is someone already working or familiar with the career you choose; someone you respect and can use as a sounding board for your ideas.

“Every day is different depending on the trials we are running.”

AGRI-SCIENCE HATS

Research Technicians

Research technicians tend to be practical, tactical, and detail-oriented people. They carry out more of the outdoors, hands-on or laboratory-based measurements required for experiments.

Research technicians:

  • Manage and execute the plan for all the field and laboratory methodologies
  • Undertake data entry and validation
  • Deliver high quality science results to scientists
  • Draft reports with the opportunity to co-author publications.

Scientists

Scientists tend to be strategic and creative. They continually question why and seek to understand which leads to new ideas to investigate and to test their theories.

Scientists:

  • Undertake new programmes of research
  • Use robust methodologies for science technicians to execute a plan
  • Undertake analysis and interpretation of data
  • Publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Deliver high quality science results to dairy farmers and public
  • Give specialist advice to the industry.

EDUCATION

research technician

Your first degree – a tertiary entrance qualification – is required to enter further training.

A science degree with an agricultural focus is desirable such as a bachelor of:

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Science (Agri-Science)
  • Animal Science
  • Science

You can do a MSc or PhD to become a scientist. Being a technician is a good option if you think you want to work in science, but don’t know exactly what you want to do.

secondary SCHOOL SUBJECTS

Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Statistics, Calculus, IT, English.

scientist

Your first degree – a tertiary entrance qualification – is required to enter further training.

A science degree with an agricultural focus is desirable.

Scientists require a doctorate that typically takes three to four years of full time study. An honours or master’s degree is a prerequisite to starting a PhD.

You could become a team leader, principal scientist, a general research manager or university academic.

Take action

Training and study options.

DISCOVER YOUR FIT

What do you enjoy? Where can you make a difference? Match your skills and interests to a dairy sector career.

EXPLORE CAREERS

Dairy farming? Agri-business? Agri-science? There is a career for everyone in the dairy sector.

TAKE ACTION

How to make your career happen? Find out where to learn and study, and to contact to make it happen.

CONNECT

Get social, network and make those connections happen. Talk to people, visit workplaces, and search the internet.