Jobs in the Services Industries

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“No two days are the same. I like working with customers to help them design a bathroom.”

 

Merrilyn, showroom manager

 

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 Services Industries pathway.

Hospitality

Bartender, barista, chef, cook, housekeeper, kitchen hand, laundry, maintenance, hotel/motel manager, resort manager, receptionist, waiter/waitress, maître d’, event or conference manager.

Travel and tourism

Travel agent, tour bus operator, tour guide, ski instructor, administrator, marketer, salesperson, flight attendant, receptionist, customer services/customer relations, customs and border control officer.

Hair and beauty

Beautician, spa or massage therapist, hairdresser, barber, nail technician.

Retail

Retail assistant, supermarket assistant, retail store manager, window dresser.

Sport and recreation

Gym manager, personal trainer, fitness instructor.

Other service industries

Event organiser, writer, journalist, news producer, member of the armed forces (air force, army, navy), advertising copy writer, customer representative, funeral director, printer, film making support, financial services support, legal services support, data entry operator/transcriptionist.

What industries could I work in?

Hair and beauty, entertainment, fashion, funeral services, hospitality, finance, media and news, museums and galleries, retail, sport and fitness, theatre and film, travel and tourism.

Where might I end up?

Service may be a step towards other jobs and other sectors over time because the skills you will gain are valuable in many roles. There are really rewarding careers in the services industries. If your dream is owning the best hotel or travel agency in the world, you can get there. You could go on to be a supervisor, manager, adviser, trainer, or own your own business or chain of businesses.

Job profiles for the Services 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.

 

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8–10

 
NCEA Level 2
Trade Certificate
Diploma
Degree
Postgraduate degree

Accountant

   

 

Accounts Officer

 

Actuary

     

Administration Officer

       

Advertising Specialist

   

Advertising, Sales and Marketing Manager

 

Aeronautical Engineer

     

Aeroplane Pilot

   

   

Agricultural Technician

     

 

Air Force Airman/Airwoman

 

Air Force Officer

 

Air Traffic Controller

 

   

Aircraft Loader

     

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

 

   

Aircraft Refueller

       

Animal Care Attendant

     

Archivist

       

Army Officer

 

Army Soldier

 

Auctioneer

       

Auditor

     

Baker

     

Bank Worker

     

Barista

     

Barrister

     

Bartender

     

Beauty Therapist

     

Brewer

 

Bus Driver

       

Butcher

     

Buyer

 

Cafe Worker

       

Cafe/Restaurant Manager

     

Camping Ground Manager

     

Caretaker

       

Carpet Cleaner

       

Chef

     

Chemist

     

Cinema Projectionist

       

Cleaner

       

Collision Repair Technician

     

Conservator

       

Contact Centre Worker

       

Cook

     

Courier/Postie

         

Curator

       

Customs/Freight Broker

     

Data Entry Operator/Transcriptionist

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Debt Collector

       

Deckhand

       

Delivery Driver

       

Demonstrator

       

Dietitian

     

Diver

     

Diversional Therapist

     

Dog Trainer

 

   

Driving Instructor

       

Economist

     

Energy Auditor

Events Manager

 

Exhibition Technician

 

Finance Manager

   

 

Financial Adviser

   

 

Financial Dealer

   

 

Fitness Instructor

 

Flight Attendant

     

Florist

     

Flying Instructor

   

   

Funeral Director/Embalmer

 

   

Furniture Packer/Mover

         

Gardener

       

Geologist

       

Geophysicist

     

Graphic Designer

   

 

Hairdresser/Barber

 

     

Health and Safety Adviser

   

Health and Safety Inspector

 

     

Heavy Truck Driver

       

Helicopter Pilot

   

   

Information Technology Helpdesk/Support Technician

   

Intelligence Officer

     

 

Historian

     

Hotel Porter

       

Hotel/Motel Manager

   

Human Resources Adviser

     

 

Importer/Exporter

 

 

Industrial Designer

     

Insurance Agent

 

 

Insurance Claims Officer

 

 

Insurance Loss Adjuster

   

 

Jeweller

 

Journalist

 

Kitchenhand

       

Laundry Worker/Dry-Cleaner

       

Legal Executive

 

   

Lighting Technician

 

Locksmith

 

     

Mail Sorter

       

Maitre d'Hotel

     

Make Up Artist

     

Managing Director/Chief Executive

 

Management Consultant

   

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Market Research Analyst

 

 

Marketing Specialist

   

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Massage Therapist

   

Media Producer

 

 

Meteorologist

     

Model

       

Mortgage Broker

 

 

Motor Vehicle Salesperson

 

   

Navy Officer

 

 

Navy Sailor

   

Office Manager

 

 

Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor

     

Payroll Officer

 

   

Personal Assistant

 

 

Pest Control Technician

       

Pet Groomer

       

Pharmacist

     

 

Pharmacy Technician

 

     

Photographic Developer/Printer

       

Picture Framer

       

Private Teacher/Tutor

     

 

Production Assistant (Film/Television/Radio/Stage)

 

 

Procurement Manager

   

 

Psychotherapist

   

Professional Sportsperson

       

Project Manager

   

 

Property Manager

 

 

Public Relations Professional

   

Purchasing/Supply Officer

 

Railway Shunter

 

     

Real Estate Agent

 

   

Receptionist

 

   

Records Adviser

 

Recreation Co-ordinator

 

 

Recruitment Consultant

 

Retail Manager

     

Retail Sales Assistant

     

Rubbish/ Recycling Collector

       

Sales Representative

 

Secretary

   

Security Officer/Guard

     

Service Station Attendant

       

Ship's Master

 

     

Ship's Officer

 

     

Signmaker

     

Solicitor

     

Sports Coach/Official

 

 

Statistician

     

Stevedore

     

Storeperson

     

Street/Park Cleaner

       

Survey Interviewer

 

   

TAB Operator

       

Table Games Dealer

       

Taxi Driver/Chauffeur

     

Technical Writer

     

 

Telemarketer

       

Tour Guide

     

Tow Truck Operator

       

Train Controller

 

     

Train Driver

     

Trainer

   

 

Travel Agent/Adviser

     

Tyre Technician

       

Valuer

     

 

Vehicle Groomer/Cleaner

     

Veterinarian

     

 

Veterinary Nurse

 

   

Visual Merchandiser

 

 

Waiter/Waitress

     

Watchmaker and Repairer

     

Window Cleaner

       

Workplace Relations Adviser

 

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