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Primary Industries

You can work outdoors or indoors, alone or with mates. You could be in a processing plant, turning primary produce into value-added goods for export. You might work far from the farm in a big city office, organising shipping, or developing new markets. If you’re into science and technology, you could maybe contribute towards the next leading agricultural breakthrough or new consumer product.

Careers in
Primary Industries
  • Amenity horticulture

    Keen to make your community a more vibrant place while growing your career prospects?

  • Arboriculture

    Arboriculturalists grow and cultivate trees and shrubs. With an apprenticeship, you’ll master tree health and hazards, advanced felling techniques and selecting trees for landscaped areas or revegetation.

  • Dairy farming

    If you’re keen to live in the country, work outside and with animals, a career in dairy farming could be for you. There are around 11,400 dairy farms in New Zealand, milking over 4.6 million cows.

  • Dairy processing

    Work in dairy manufacturing and you’ll help process dairy products — from milk powder to cheese, yoghurt and ice cream.

  • Dairy Systems

    Play an essential role in supporting New Zealand's biggest industry.

  • Equine

    From the glamorous occupation of a jockey to the behind the scenes efforts of stable hands, the equine industry is made up of lots of roles.

  • Forestry

    Ninety-nine percent of New Zealand’s wood comes from sustainably managed forests. The sector needs 25,900 new, trained, workers by 2025.

  • Fruit production

    If you enjoy working outside and love growing things, a career in fruit could be for you.

  • Landscaping

    If you want to create and design strong environments, landscaping could be for you.

  • Meat processing

    Help get food on the table for people in New Zealand and around the world! Careers in meat processing offer good pay and great promotional prospects.

  • Nursery production

    If you enjoy working outside and love growing things, a career in nursery production could be for you.

  • Postharvest

    Postharvest covers the steps between harvesting crops and point of sale.

  • Primary Services
    There are so many interesting layers to careers and industries in the primary sector providing vital support industries such as hydrology, rural servicing and energy and chemical plant operations.
  • Seafood

    Are you interested in the guardianship of our kai moana and keen to work in a thriving, supportive industry that offers clear career pathways in a variety of businesses on and off the sea.

  • Sheep and beef farmer

    If you’re keen to live in the country, work outside and with animals, a career in sheep and beef farming could be for you.

  • Sports turf

    Think of activities and sports played on turf — rugby, cricket, golf, and more — and you’ll realise the importance of highly skilled sports turf specialists who keep the turf in peak condition.

  • Vegetable production

    If you enjoy working outside and love growing things, a career in vegetable production could be for you.

  • Viticulture

    The world wants Kiwi wine. Exports are worth over $1.3 billion and sales are forecast to keep rising. This is the perfect place and time to be involved in such a dynamic and exciting industry.