Agricultural and Horticultural Science combine learning about the science of biological systems with the management of farms and orchards. Agribusiness combines economics, marketing and management with agricultural studies. It's a relatively new school subject offered by eight New Zealand schools in 2016, but will be rolled out to the rest of the country from 2017.
Dairy, meat, wool, apples, kiwifruit and wine are all important exports and contribute significantly to the New Zealand economy. It's estimated that the primary industries (farming, forestry and fishing) could employ more than 1,000 graduates with Agriscience, Agribusiness or Horticultural Science qualifications – but most years only about 250 people complete relevant tertiary courses.
And if you’re keen on creating an environmentally sustainable future, there’s lots of room in this sector for people with innovative ideas for protecting the environment while increasing productivity.
Where can I go with Agriscience, Agribusiness or Horticultural Science?
For some ideas about jobs that use these skills, check out the first set of panels on this page. And the second set of panels link to the stories of people who themselves studied Agriscience, Agribusiness or Horticultural Science at school.
Why should I take Agriscience, Agribusiness or Horticultural Science at school?
Studying Agriscience, Agribusiness or Horticultural Science at school is valuable preparation for studying these subjects at tertiary level, although Level 3 credits in these subjects are not generally part of entrance requirements.
A good background in other science subjects (particularly Maths/Stats, Biology and Chemistry) will be useful if you want to study Agriscience, Agribusiness or Horticultural Science at tertiary level. Economics may also be useful.
Job roles that use Agricultural + Horticultural Science
People who studied Agricultural + Horticultural Science