Do you want to save the world?
Studying technology, engineering and science subjects can give you the tools to get a ‘green’ job that makes a real difference.
- Biosecurity officers manage the control of pest plants and animals, and try to prevent new species from entering New Zealand and becoming a problem.
- Train to be an electrical engineer and you could help develop new renewable energy sources, including wind farms, geothermal power stations and solar panels.
- Electrical and mechanical engineers are often involved in green building projects as they can design more energy-efficient lighting, heating, hot water and air conditioning systems, and therefore reduce the building’s carbon footprint.
- Environmental scientists use their knowledge of chemistry and biology to protect the environment and human health.
- Environmental engineers assess the impact of engineering projects on the environment and advise on ways to minimise this impact.
- GIS analysts analyse and communicate spatial information, and work in areas such as transport planning and conservation.
- Many different types of research scientist contribute to protecting the environment, including ecologists, soil scientists and marine biologists. Scientists working in agriculture, horticulture and forestry fields help find ways to reduce methane emissions and minimise damage to streams and rivers.
- Transportation engineers design rail networks, bus priority lanes and cycle ways, as well as roads and motorways. Because the transport sector produces up about 20% of New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions, as a transportation engineer you can really make a difference.
- Urban and environmental planners prepare or assess applications for resource consents for activities that may have an environmental impact; for example, major roading projects and discharge of pollutants.
Key tertiary qualifications for getting into a ‘green’ job:
- New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering Technology or Bachelor of Engineering, specialising in Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, Natural Resources or Transportation Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Horticulture or Marine Biology
- Bachelor of Planning; Bachelor of Resource and/or Environmental Planning; Bachelor of Science in Land Planning and Development
Required and recommended school subjects:
- Maths, especially Calculus (required for engineering pathways)
- Physics (required for engineering pathways)
- Statistics & Modelling