Population & Development Studies

Population & Development Studies is about human populations and how societies develop and change over time.

Studying in this area involves learning about the causes of population growth – birth rates, death rates and migration – and the consequences of population growth.

This area is also about the development of human societies, poverty, environmental issues and other global issues.

NZ university majors related to this area

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

Did you know?

The world's population is growing by about 80 million people each year. In 2050 the population is forecast to be 9-10 billion people.

About 40% of the world's population lives in China and India.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Demographer
  • Diplomat
  • Development agency analyst
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Foreign affairs analyst
  • Business consultant
  • Trade advisor
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Social studies teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


129% 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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