YOUR CAREER AS A
WOOD SCIENTIST

A research career in Wood and Wood Products sciences may cover a variety of research based on the vast number of properties of wood as a material, such as with sawmilling, veneer manufacture, glue-laminating, industrial furniture production and the construction and design of innovative new wood-based products. Wood science is complemented by studying engineering. We need these scientists to assist with development of new products for building better commercial and residential houses, utilising the sustainably produced trees we can grow in New Zealand.

SNAPSHOT INFO

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Earning Potential

$55,000 – $125,000

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Qualification Required

Honours degree in engineering or science + postgrad

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Physically Demanding

Generally lab-based

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Absence from home

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

Generally wood researchers have a minimum of an Honours degree in engineering, or science, and a postgraduate degree (Masters or Doctorate) in a wood product specialisation.

Skills required include:

Depending on the area of research, scientists can be desk-based, work in the laboratory, and/or spend time out in the forest or in other research environments such as forest nurseries. 

See the Careers NZ website for more information about science careers in forestry.

SIMILAR JOBS

CAREER PROGRESSION

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.