Agronomy & Plant Science

Agronomy and Plant Science is about growing and using plants for human and animal food, fuel, fibre, etc.

Studying in this area involves learning about soil science, plant breeding and physiology, crop rotation, irrigation and drainage, weed and pest control, etc.

This area also includes local and global issues facing New Zealand plant growers (agronomists).

NZ university majors related to this area

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

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Agronomist
  • Crop scientist
  • Plant scientist
  • Farmer
  • Horticulturist
  • Viticulturist
  • Nursery worker
  • Gardener
  • Farm manager
  • Farm worker
  • Plant breeder
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Biology teacher
  • Science teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


152% 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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