Medicine

Medicine is about training as a doctor – someone who treats sick or injured people, and may also do medical research.

Studying in this area involves learning about the human body and how it works.

This includes learning about diseases and illnesses and injuries, and how to treat them.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

Hippocrates (ca. 460-370 BC) is known as the 'father of medicine'.

His oath (the Hippocratic Oath) is the promise physicians make that they will practice medicine ethically.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!), and some require registration.

  • General practitioner
  • Hospital doctor
  • Medical specialist
  • Medical researcher
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Science teacher
  • Biology teacher
  • Chemistry teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

330% of national
median earnings


Employment

76%
Employed
1%
Unemployed
19%
Further study
4%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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