Agricultural or Horticultural Technician

Agricultural or Horticultural Technician

Agricultural and horticultural technicians work with scientists, and carry out some tests and experiments independently, to research and improve the production of food and other products from farms and orchards.

Their work may involve a mixture of field trials, laboratory work and data analysis in one of a wide range of different research areas, such as:

  • Using genetic analysis to select better breeds of sheep, cattle and other farm animals
  • Developing more pest-resistant varieties of crop plants
  • Studying pest insects and plants that compete with crop plants
  • Developing vaccines and medicines to improve animal health and productivity

Employers of agricultural and horticultural technicians include:

  • Crown Research Institutes such as Plant & Food Research and AgResearch.
  • Companies such as Dairy NZ, the Livestock Improvement Corporation, Fonterra and Zespri
  • Fertiliser manufacturers
  • Agricultural consulting companies

Agricultural and horticultural technicians typically earn:

  • $40-70,000 depending on qualifications and experience

Key tertiary qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Science or Applied Science in Agricultural Science, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Horticultural Science, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Plant Science

Recommended school subjects:

  • Maths, especially Statistics & Modelling
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Agricultural or Horticultural Science
  • English


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Agricultural or Horticultural Technician: Companies that employ people in this job role

  • Ministry for Primary Industries
    Ministry for Primary Industries
    Hill Laboratories
    Hill Laboratories
    Timberlands
    Timberlands
    Zespri International
    Zespri International
  • Focus Genetics
    Focus Genetics
    Dairy Goat Cooperative
    Dairy Goat Cooperative
    Zoetis
    Zoetis
    Scion
    Scion
  • Plant & Food Research
    Plant & Food Research
    Fonterra
    Fonterra

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