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Forensic Scientist

Kaipūtaiao Taihara

Forensic scientists apply scientific knowledge and skills to investigating crimes and helping the police find or eliminate crime suspects. They may also do research into developing or improving forensic techniques.

Job opportunities
Poor
Training usually required
3-5 years

Forensic scientists assisting crime investigations usually earn
$50K-$90K per year

Forensic scientists doing research usually earn
$55K-$130K per year

Geologist

Kaimātai Aro Whenua

Geologists study the structure and history of the Earth and Earth processes. They also advise on natural hazards and the development and use of the Earth's land and resources.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
5 years

New geologists usually earn
$55K-$75K per year

Senior geologists with experience usually earn
$75K-$130K per year

Geophysicist

Kaimātai Pūtaiao Whenua

Geophysicists use data-collecting technology to study natural processes of the Earth such as earthquake and volcanic activity, and to locate minerals, oil and gas, or ground water.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
3-6 years

Geophysicists usually earn
$65K-$110K per year

Senior geophysicists may earn
$95K-$170K per year

Medical Physicist

Kaiahupūngao Whakaora

Medical physicists help plan radiation treatment for patients, check and monitor radiation equipment, and develop new treatment techniques.

Job opportunities
Good
Training usually required
8 years

Trainee medical physicists usually earn
$55K-$73K per year

Qualified medical physicists usually earn
$89K-$141K per year

Microbiologist

Kaimātai Koiora Mororiki

Microbiologists study organisms such as bacteria, viruses, algae or fungi, and the effects they have on plants, animals and humans. They also develop products and procedures to benefit humans or the environment.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
3-9 years

Microbiologists usually earn
$40K-$75K per year

Senior microbiologists with PhDs usually earn
$76K-$130K per year

Food Technologist

Kaihangarau Kai

Food technologists research, develop and improve food and drink products. They may also be involved in the processing, packaging, storage and safety of food to meet government and industry standards.

Job opportunities
Good
Training usually required
3-5 years

Food technologists with up to five years' experience usually earn
$50K-$75K per year

Senior food technologists with more than five years' experience usually earn
$75K-$100K per year

Marine Biologist

Kaimātai Koiora Moana

Marine biologists study animals and plants that live in the sea, and how they interact with their surroundings.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
5-9 years

New marine biologists usually earn
$60K-$75K per year

Experienced marine biologists usually earn
$120K-$165K per year

Biochemist

Kairarau Matū Koiora

Biochemists study the chemical structure and function of animals, plants and micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses. They use this research to develop medical, industrial and agricultural products.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
3-9 years

Biochemists usually earn
$42K-$75K per year

Senior biochemists with PhDs usually earn
$76K-$130K per year