Work in NZ: Jobs in the Fastest Growing Industries in New Zealand (per Region)

Thinking of moving to New Zealand to work?
And perhaps to settle as well?

What do I do for a living? I LIVE for a living.

It’s no surprise, seeing that NZ is rated as one of the 20 best countries to live in for millennials (and also ranks as a top 20 in the world).

Job vacancies in the country have been on a steady growth for over the past decade.

Finding and applying for jobs in NZ has been made easier for newcomers as well. Given that it’s legal to submit job applications before actually getting a working visa. And once you get the job, employers will normally help with your visa application.

This is especially viable to those who have a solid background in any of the fastest growing industries in New Zealand for the past 10 years.

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Northland

Mean Household Income: $70,000
Mean Weekly Rent: $270

Fastest Growing Industry: Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
5.9% Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 – 2015)

Jobs and Average Salaries in Electric Power Distribution:

  • Electrical Engineer: NZ$79,200
  • Business Analyst, IT: NZ$77,726
  • Contract Administrator: NZ$44,000
  • Customer Service Representative: NZ$39,621

Electric Distribution Jobs in NZ:

Jobs and Average Salaries in Water Utilities & Services:

  • Civil Engineer: NZ$87,429
  • Project Engineer: NZ$68,000
  • Data Analyst: NZ$58,958
  • Health Safety Advisor: NZ$79,000
  • Geospatial Analyst: NZ$79,497
  • [GIS] Geographic Information Systems Analyst: NZ$61,500

Water Utilities & Service Jobs in NZ:

Jobs and Average Salaries in Waste Collection & Disposal Services (by years of experience):

  • 1-4 years: NZ$54,045
  • 5-9 years: NZ$70,000
  • 10-19 years: NZ$79,500

Waste Management Jobs in NZ:


Auckland

Mean Household Income: $96,000
Mean Weekly Rent: $439

Fastest Growing Industry: Financial and Insurance Services
3.1% Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 – 2015)

Jobs and Average Salaries in Financial Services:

  • Accountant: NZ$50,028
  • Test Analyst: NZ$58,045
  • Project Manager, Information Technology: NZ$101,736
  • Senior Business Analyst: NZ$101,478
  • Software Engineer: NZ$78,650

Finance Jobs in Auckland:

Jobs and Average Salaries in Insurance Services:

  • Insurance Broker: NZ$55,955
  • Insurance Claims Consultant: NZ$52,198
  • Underwriter: NZ$57,325
  • Insurance Claims Specialist: NZ$60,500
  • Business Development Manager: NZ$70,000

Insurance Jobs in Auckland:


Waikato

Mean Household Income: $76,400
Mean Weekly Rent: $284

Fastest Growing Industry: Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
8.6% Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 – 2015)

Electric Distribution Jobs in Waikato:

Water Utilities & Service Jobs in Waikato:

Waste Collection and Disposal Jobs in Waikato:


Bay of Plenty

Mean Household Income: $77,600
Mean Weekly Rent: $290

Fastest Growing Industry: Administrative and Support Services
5.9% Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 – 2015)

Jobs and Average Salaries in Administrative and Support Services (data from Payscale):

  • Administrative Assistant: NZ$32,233 - NZ$52,072
  • Receptionist: NZ$31,458 - NZ$45,682
  • Office Manager: NZ$40,126 - NZ$65,181
  • Office Administrator: NZ$34,561 - NZ$52,998
  • Technical Support Specialist: NZ$35,798 - NZ$60,039

Administrative and Office Support Jobs in Bay of Plenty:


Gisborne

Mean Household Income: $69,900
Mean Weekly Rent: $256

Fastest Growing Industry: Forestry and Logging
7.8% Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 -2015)

Jobs and Average Salaries in Forestry and Logging:

  • Forestry Technician: NZ$31,300
  • Forestry and Logging Worker: NZ$40,000 - NZ$60,000
  • Forestry Scientist: NZ$45,000 - NZ$55,000
  • Graduate Forest Managers: NZ$41,000 - NZ$52,000
  • Senior Forest Managers: NZ$60,000 - NZ$130,000

Forestry and Logging Jobs in NZ:


Hawke’s Bay

Mean Household Income: $73,200
Mean Weekly Rent: $271

Fastest Growing Industry: Forestry and Logging
3.6% Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 -2015)

Forestry and Logging Jobs in Hawke's Bay:


Taranaki

Mean Household Income: $88,400
Mean Weekly Rent: $291

Fastest Growing Industry: Mining
8.7% Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 – 2015)

Jobs and Average Salaries in Mining:

  • Environmental Scientist: NZ$74,975
  • Engineering Geologist: NZ$118,481
  • Mine Geologist: NZ$80,988
  • Miner/Quarry Worker: NZ$60,000 - NZ$80,000
  • Mining Engineer: NZ$70,000
  • Driller: NZ$70,000 - NZ$150,000

Mining Jobs in Taranaki:


Manawatu-Whanganui

Mean Household Income: $70,100
Mean Weekly Rent: $234

Fastest Growing Industry: Public Administration and Safety
2.2 % Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 – 2015)

Average Salaries for Public Administration and Safety (by years of experience):

  • 1-4 years: NZ$58,958
  • 5-9 years: NZ$63,500

Public administration Jobs in NZ:


Wellington

Mean Household Income: $99,900
Mean Weekly Rent: $351

Fastest Growing Industry: Arts and Recreation Services
4.8% Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 – 2015)

Jobs and Average Salaries in Arts and Recreation Services:

  • Events Manager: NZ$46,000 - NZ$65,000
  • Maitre d'Hotel: NZ$32,000 - NZ$52,000
  • Senior Travel Agents/Advisers: NZ$46,000 - NZ$100,000
  • Hotel/Motel Managers: NZ$40,000 - NZ$200,000
  • Photographer: NZ$41,000
  • Public Relations Professional: NZ$95,000 - NZ$130,000
  • Advertising Specialist: NZ$43,000 - NZ$100,000
  • Marketing Specialist: NZ$40,000- NZ$70,000
  • Make-up Artist: NZ$32,000 - NZ$62,000
  • Librarian: NZ$53,000 - NZ$94,000

Nelson

Mean Household Income: $83,500
Mean Weekly Rent: $301

Fastest Growing Industry: Health Care and Social Assistance
2.9% Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 – 2015)

Jobs and Average Salaries in Health Care and Social Assistance:

  • Registered Nurse: NZ$51,298
  • Clinical Psychologist: NZ$81,000
  • Social Worker: NZ$48,125
  • Social Work Supervisor: NZ$51,750
  • Case Manager: NZ$51,828
  • Data Analyst: NZ$74,865
  • Youth Worker: NZ$45,000
  • Administrative Coordinator: NZ$38,745

Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs in Nelson:


Tasman

Mean Household Income: $82,300
Mean Weekly Rent: $317

Fastest Growing Industry: Food Manufacturing
1.8% Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 – 2015)

Jobs and Average Salaries in Food Manufacturing:

  • Food Technologist: NZ$58,500
  • Quality Assurance Manager: NZ$72,414
  • Production Manager: NZ$68,986
  • Warehouse Manager: NZ$61,042
  • Process Engineer: NZ$61,042

Food Manufacturing Jobs in NZ:


Marlborough

Mean Household Income: $83,400
Mean Weekly Rent: $282

Fastest Growing Industry: Agriculture, Fishing and Aquaculture Support Services
6.3% Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 – 2015)

Jobs and Average Salaries in Agriculture, Fishing and Aquaculture Support Services:

  • Farm Manager: NZ$55,000
  • Plant Breeder: NZ$64,000
  • Senior Research Scientist: NZ$98,000
  • Crop Farmer/Crop Manager: NZ$50,000 - NZ$100,000
  • Agricultural Field Representative: NZ$45,000 - NZ$55,000
  • Fishing Skipper: NZ$40,000 - NZ$80,000

Agriculture and Fishing Jobs in NZ:


West Coast

Mean Household Income: $82,300
Mean Weekly Rent: $243

Fastest Growing Industry: Mining
5.8% Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 – 2015)

Jobs and Average Salaries in Mining:

  • Environmental Scientist: NZ$74,975
  • Engineering Geologist: NZ$118,481
  • Mine Geologist: NZ$80,988
  • Miner/Quarry Worker: NZ$60,000 - NZ$80,000
  • Mining Engineer: NZ$70,000
  • Driller: NZ$70,000 - NZ$150,000

Search for Mining Jobs in West Coast:


Canterbury

Mean Household Income: $95,000
Mean Weekly Rent: $372

Fastest Growing Industry: Construction
8.2% Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 – 2015)

Jobs and Average Salaries in Construction:

  • Civil Engineer: NZ$70,791
  • Project Manager, Construction: NZ$89,320
  • Project Engineer: NZ$78,000
  • Structural Engineer: NZ$72,518
  • Geotechnical Engineer: NZ$70,746
  • Land Surveyor: NZ$51,415
  • Engineering Geologist: NZ$60,824
  • Civil Engineering Technician: NZ$55,000
  • Construction Manager: NZ$70,986
  • Quantity Surveyor: NZ$72,546
  • Carpenter: NZ$52,495
  • Architectural Designer: NZ$56,500
  • Builder: NZ$50,000
  • Architectural Technician: NZ$45,500

Construction Jobs in Canterbury:


Otago

Mean Household Income: $90,500
Mean Weekly Rent: $303

Fastest Growing Industry: Accommodation and Food Services
2.6% Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 -2015)

Jobs and Average Salaries in Accommodation and Food Services:

  • Food and Beverage Manager: NZ$60,764
  • Hotel Manager: NZ$80,000
  • Executive Housekeeper: NZ$50,455
  • Assistant Executive Housekeeper: NZ$41,905
  • Event Coordinator: NZ$41,631
  • Front Office Manager: NZ$52,381
  • Sous Chef: NZ$47,917
  • Reservations Manager: NZ$53,981
  • Restaurant Manager: NZ$47,738
  • Executive Chef: NZ$85,000
  • Chef Manager: NZ$50,250
  • Customer Service Manager: NZ$58,500

Hospitality and Food Service Jobs in Otago:


Southland

Mean Household Income: $87,100
Mean Weekly Rent: $204

Fastest Growing Industry: Dairy Cattle Farming
5.1% Annual Average Employment Growth (2005 – 2015)

Jobs and Average Salaries in Dairy Cattle Farming:

  • Farm Manager: NZ$61,915
  • Farm Worker: NZ$39,850
  • Farm Hand: NZ$43,615
  • Farmer: NZ$38,000
  • Farm Operations Manager: NZ$95,000
  • Process Engineer: NZ$72,039
  • Food Technologist: NZ$80,000
  • Health and Safety Manager: NZ$109,087
  • Microbiologist: NZ$109,087

Dairy Cattle Farming Jobs in Southland:


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