Primary Industries

Youth - Primary Industries

New Zealand’s primary sector employs 350,000 people (one in six jobs nationally) and is one of the country’s biggest export earners. By 2025, the sector will require another 92,000 workers across areas such as agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture, transportation. With the skills the industry needs, you can expect to be well paid and in demand. As an example, the average farm worker earns $55,000 a year, while top farm managers can earn up to $130,000.

Study Pathways

If you’re interested in taking advantage of the many career opportunities available in the primary industries, we have
several certificate and diploma programmes available. 

These allow you to gain broad skills or specialise in the likes of farming systems, agribusiness management, livestock management and machinery.

Primary Industries programmes for youth are currently under development. For information on progress and availability in the future, please contact