Environmental & Natural Resources Engineering

This area is about applying engineering methods and technologies to environmental and natural resources.

This involves designing and building infrastructure and equipment for responding to environmental problems.

Examples of such problems include flooding and coastal erosion, as caused by pollution and global warming.

This area is also about the sustainable management of natural resources: land, water, soils, the atmosphere, biodiversity, renewable energy, etc.

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 engineer
  • Natural resources engineer
  • Environmental manager
  • Natural resources manager
  • Environmental risk management consultant
  • Environmental accreditor
  • Environmental compliance inspector
  • Environmental consultant
  • Public policy analyst
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Technician
  • Science teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


179% 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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