Agriculture (general)

Agriculture is about the production and processing of foods, fibres and by-products from crops and farmed animals.

Studying in this area also usually involves learning about the business side of agriculture, including marketing and international business.

This area also includes local and global issues facing New Zealand agriculture.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

Beginning thousands of years ago, the development of agriculture enabled food surpluses to be created. This was a fundamental enabler of the rise of human civilisation (and where we are at today).

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Farmer
  • Farm manager
  • Farm worker
  • Agricultural scientist
  • Agriculture consultant
  • Soil scientist
  • Stock and station agent
  • Horticulturist
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


166% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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