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Published 21 July 2017

Opportunities in the science technician workforce:Summary for Teachers

Help students find career opportunities in science.
Match qualification level to science-rich roles.
Find out what issues are important for career development.


Do you have students interested in science who are not likely to go to university?

The good news is they don’t have to go to university to get the skills they need to get a rewarding job in a science field.

In fact, our research on the science technician workforce shows that many BSc graduates enter the technician workforce without the practical skills they need to do the job.

This is creating issues for employers who don’t want to have to pay for the training they think science graduates should have received in tertiary study. They would preferably take on applicants with practical skills that can be gained through, for example, the New Zealand Diploma of Applied Science qualification. This is available through the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs).


Read the Science Technicians Workforce: Summary for Teachers to find out more.



Source: Royal Society Te Apārangi