Jobs in the Primary Industries

VP Primary large 

“There are good stepping stones to make in the dairy industry. You can go from farm manager to sharemilker to owner. Just work hard and the opportunities will come.”

Jayden, sharemilker 

 

What work could I do? »

Find out what type of work you could do, and what roles you could end up in if you took the Primary Industries pathway.

Here is just a selection:

Analysing hydrology data, scanning pregnant animals, caring for and rearing animals, fruit and vegetable production, seed technologist, landscaper, growing and selling flowers, maintaining parks and cemeteries, planting, looking after or measuring trees, sawmill, kiln, or treatment operator, yard supervisor, saw doctor, energy centre operator, paper maker or pulp mill operator, machinist, warehouse person, machines and equipment operator or servicer, wood panels manufacturer, project or research engineer, operations or site manager, consultant/adviser, heavy vehicle driver, processing food or seafood, dairy farming, monitoring factory environments, supervising factory operations, managing a team, supply chain logistics, transport, export and storage, providing policy advice to government, research worker or scientist, supply chain analyst, aquaculture diver, marine farm worker, deckhand, vessel manager or marine engineer, seafood retailer, or wholesaler, turf laying and maintenance.

What industries could I work in?

Growing and production:

Agriculture, horticulture, forestry, seafood, seed industry. Processing: Meat, dairy, and food processing, solid wood processing, wood product manufacturing, pulp and paper, furniture making, seafood processing.

Primary industry servicing:

Agent/advisory/consultancy, animal care, customer services, environmental services, equine (horses and racing) government, machinery and equipment, research and science, sports turf management, supply chain and export, veterinary services.

Job profiles for the Primary Industries sector »

Browse listings of jobs, link to information on the Careers New Zealand website, and see what level of qualification you might need for different jobs in this sector.

There are a huge number of roles and occupations available in this sector, ranging from entry level through to high level.

NCEA level 2 is the minimum you need for entry level jobs or apprenticeships. This gives you a good foundation in the skills and competencies you will need to go further. For other roles, you’ll definitely need to further your education after school by undertaking tertiary study, or training on the job.

More information about all the roles listed here can be found on the Careers New Zealand website, along with key information about the job, what it pays, and current opportunities. To find out the pay, prospects, and study costs of a number of jobs, you can also check out the Occupation Outlook.

The asterisks in the following table show the level (or levels) of qualification usually associated with the role.

Sometimes you need a specific qualification to get into a job, but in many areas you can work towards higher qualifications by learning on the job. Check out the job profiles on Careers NZ, or talk to your careers advisor to find out more.

 

2

3–4–5

5–6

7

8–10

 
NCEA Level 2
Certificate
Diploma
Degree
Postgraduate degree

Architectural Technician

     

 

Agricultural Engineer

     

 

Agricultural Field Representative

     

Agricultural/Horticultural Consultant

     

 

Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist

       

Animal Care Attendant

     

Aquaculture Farmer

       

Arborist

     

Beekeeper

     

Biochemist

     

Biosecurity Officer

   

 

Biotechnologist

     

Building and Construction Labourer

     

Crop Farm Worker

         

Crop Farmer/Crop Manager

   

Dairy Farmer

 

   

Dairy Products Maker

   

Dog Trainer

 

   

Energy Auditor

Environmental Engineer

     

 

Environmental Scientist

     

Farm Worker

     

Farmer/Farm Manager

   

Fencer

     

Fishery Officer

 

   

Fishing Skipper

 

     

Food Technologist

   

Forest Manager

 

 

Forestry and Logging Worker

     

Forestry Scientist

     

Gardener

       

Geologist

     

Geophysicist

     

Groundsperson

     

Horse Trainer

     

Hunter/Trapper

     

Landscape Architect

     

 

Landscape Gardener

       

Marine Biologist

     

Meat Inspector

 

     

Meat/Seafood Process Worker

       

Microbiologist

     

Nursery Grower/Worker

       

Packhouse Worker

       

Production Manager

   

 

Pulp and Paper Mill Operator

     

Quarantine Officer

     

 

Ranger

     

Saw Doctor

     

Science Technician

   

 

Shearer

     

Veterinarian

     

 

Winemaker

 

 

Wood Processing Worker

       

Wool Classer

     

 

Find out more

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