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New Zealand’s horticulture industry plays a large and expanding role in the economy, which is perfect for innovative and motivated Horticulture graduates.

A background in Horticulture will enable you to enter a wide range of careers. With literary skills, good quantitative skills, high motivation and independent thinking, graduates will be able to make a direct and positive impression on the industry. As well as an understanding of your particular specialisation in horticulture, you will also have developed high technical, business, communication and interpersonal skills.

 

The main areas within Horticulture are:

  • Horticulture Technology
     e.g. Industrial Designer, Programmer, Irrigation Engineer, Robotic Engineer, Packaging Technician and Web Developer.
  • Horticulture Science
    e.g. Agronomist, Biotechnologist, Plant Breeder, Biochemist, Food Technologist, Microbiologist and Environmental Scientist.
  • Horticulture Business
    e.g. Export Sales, Marketing Manager, Business Manager, Merchandiser, Logistics Manager, Seeds Agent and Resource & Planning.
  • Practical Horticulture
    e.g. Helicopter Pilot, Warehouse Manager, Truck Driver, Quality Controller, Fruit Picker & Packer and Orchard Manager.

Horticulture can lead into the following careers

Vegetable Farm Manager/Grower

Vegetable farm managers and growers produce and market vegetables. Vegetable farm managers work at large businesses, organising vegetable production.
Vegetable Farm Manager/Grower

Orchard Manager

Orchard managers plan and manage the growing of fruit
Orchard Manager

Quarantine Inspector

Quarantine inspectors control the entry of agricultural and horticultural produce, plants and animals into New Zealand, and identify and control biosecurity risks arriving at New Zealand's borders.
Quarantine Inspector

Gardener

Gardeners plant and maintain lawns, trees, shrubs and flowers in public or private gardens and parks.
Gardener

Landscape Gardener

Landscape gardeners develop, maintain and remodel gardens and landscapes.
Landscape Gardener

Horticultural Consultant

Horticultural consultants advise growers and organisations on a wide range of topics, including the technical, business, financial, social and environmental aspects of horticulture production and how to improve the quantity and quality of produce.
Horticultural Consultant

Horticultural Worker/Contractor

Horticultural workers work at orchards, vineyards, vegetable farms and hothouses, where they help grow fruit or vegetables. Whereas, horticultural contractors are self-employed.
Horticultural Worker/Contractor

Nursery Grower/Worker

Nursery growers/workers grow young plants, flowers, trees and shrubs for sale or for use in parks and gardens.
Nursery Grower/Worker