Environmental Science

Environmental Science is about Earth's natural environment, including environmental issues, mainly from a natural sciences perspective.

Studying in this area involves learning about biology, ecology, chemistry and physics – to understand how the environment works.

This area is also about natural resource management, pollution control, and the causes and effects of global warming and possible responses.

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!).

  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geotechnologist
  • Climate scientist
  • Wildlife manager
  • Meteorologist
  • Pest manager
  • Public policy analyst
  • Environmental compliance inspector
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


145% 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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