Faculty of Science - Leading creativity and innovation in the sciences


Careers that start with a Science degree

While many scientists love their lab coats, our graduates are working in all sorts of inspiring and sometimes surprising careers.

Studying Science opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Large businesses, small industry, government, teaching and research all offer career opportunities for those holding a Science degree. 


Subject guide for school students

Deciding what you would like to study at University starts in school, so please take a look at our subject guide for school students. Plan your required and preparation subjects in advance to ensure a smooth transition to University life.

 

Do you enjoy working with numbers and data?


If you enjoy accounting, calculus or statistics at school, you might enjoy these Science subjects at University:

There are many jobs that involve working with numbers, data and information. Here is a small selection:

  • Actuary
  • Auditor
  • Business analyst
  • Database/systems administrator
  • Financial accountant
  • Financial adviser
  • Financial analyst
  • Insurance agent
  • Programmer
  • Software developer
  • Statistician
  • Technical communicator/writer
  • Underwriter
  • Web developer

Do you enjoy working with people and the outdoors?


If you enjoy geography, history, languages and physical education at school, you might enjoy these Science subjects at University:

There are many jobs that involve working with people and the outdoors. Here is a small selection:

  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Coastal geographer
  • Counsellor
  • Dietician
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geologist
  • Hazards scientist
  • Human resources adviser
  • Injury prevention specialist
  • Marine biologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Policy analyst
  • Psychologist
  • Teacher
  • Volcanologist

Do you enjoy doing laboratory experiments and analysing the results?


If you enjoy biology, chemistry and physics at school, you might enjoy these Science subjects at University:

There are many jobs that involve working in a laboratory, doing experiments and analysisng results. Here is a small selection:

  • Agricultural/horticultural consultant
  • Astrophysicist
  • Biochemist
  • Bioinformaticist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Geneticist
  • Immunologist
  • Health and safety consultant
  • Laboratory technician

 

  • Microbiologist
  • Neuroscientist
  • Radiation
  • Pathologist
  • Pharmaceutical researcher
  • Product and regulatory development
  • Toxicologist
  • Water quality assessor
  • Winemaker
  • Zoologist

Science Student Centre

The Science Student Centre team offers advice to help you narrow down a study programme and subject that fits your interests.
 

Career Development and Employability Services

Science degrees offer subject-specific skills and versatility, but there are many general, transferable skills that you also need to be successful in your chosen career. Work with Career Development and Employability Services from the beginning of your time at University to explore career options.

 

Careers NZ

For further information about career options and planning, you can visit the Careers NZ website.