Genetics is about heredity – about how humans and other living organisms inherit traits from their parents.

Studying in this area involves learning about the molecular structure and function of genes and DNA.

Genetics is also about variations in populations and how they change over time.

This includes studying inheritance, mutation and selective breeding.

NZ university majors related to this area

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

Did you know?

Deoxyribonucleic acid ( DNA) is a type of biological molecule containing the genetic instructions needed to construct all living organisms.

DNA functions like a set of blueprints or a recipe for making living organisms.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Geneticist
  • Plant breeder
  • Animal breeder
  • Biotechnologist
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Biology teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


130% 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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