Low employment growth across the science and technology sector



Data published from CareersNZ shows that there is marginal growth in total employment numbers in the science and technology sector, with an increase of 1.1% from 2012 to 2014.


The top three employing occupations within the industry showing growth are science technicians (up 1%), medical laboratory scientists (up 2%) and environmental scientists (up 7%). Geologists are experiencing the most significant growth – up 11% from 2012 to 2014.

8 science and technology professions that show high growth prospects


CareersNZ have provided commentary on future growth predictions for all occupation groups and the top eight that show the high growth forecasts are:

  1. Science technician.

  2. Environmental scientist.

  3. Geologist.

  4. Food technologist.

  5. Forestry scientist.

  6. Agricultural scientist.

  7. Meteorologist.

  8. Biotechnologist.


Key findings from SEEK's Science and Technology Industry Insights report


SEEK’s Science and Technology Industry Insights report analyses historical and predicted employment trends reported by CareerNZ, along with supply and demand trends seen by SEEK. Here’s a couple of key findings from the report:

3 most difficult roles to source nationally



  1. Environmental, earth and geoscientists.

  2. Mathematics and statisticians.

  3. Material sciences.


Auckland dominates candidate supply.

3 disciplines attracting the highest salaries



  1. Environment, earth and geosciences ($75,554–$97,636).

  2. Food technology and safety ($74,000–$88,499).

  3. Quality assurance and control ($61,216–$75,269).

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