YOUR CAREER AS A
Social scientists or social geographers represent a wide range of approaches and topics, but the common theme is studying how people interact with each other and the environments around them.
Their research may include developing questionnaires, interviewing people, interpreting or modelling behaviour, assessing social and cultural changes, or analysing and mapping social statistics.
$55,000 – $125,000
At least a Masters degree
Absence from home
Varies with role
Generally social scientist researchers will have a minimum of a Masters degree in psychology, sociology, or human geography, and many have a doctorate or experience in social geography or cultural research in an area related to the environment, biodiversity and/or primary industries, especially forestry.
Skills required include:
- qualitative and/or statistical analysis skills
- excellent communication skills
- non-judgemental approachable personality
- patience and understanding.
See the Careers NZ website for more information about science careers in forestry.
Researchers can move into more senior research positions and management roles, and consultancy. There is also potential for an academic career e.g. at a university. There is often the opportunity to work overseas for varying periods of time.