Being a Geotechnical Engineer in New Zealand

If you're thinking of making a move to New Zealand, there are some great opportunities available for geotechnical engineers. This profile is now on the Green Occupation List of New Zealand. Keep reading to know more.

Geotechnical engineers are specialist civil engineers who analyse, plan and construct foundations and support structures. Geotechnical engineers often work in offices; they also conduct site visits and fieldwork. The principal objective of the geotechnical engineer is the protection of life and property against damage caused by various geological conditions by careful design of underground or ground supporting structures.

Geotechnical engineering is recognised as a Green list profession in New Zealand and there are immigration pathways available for those who wish to work as geotechnical engineers in New Zealand.

Geotechnical engineers may be eligible for a skilled migrant visa or a work to residence visa. Geotechnical engineers may also be able to apply for a visa under the Talent Visas category. New Zealand Geotechnical Society (NZGS) is the professional body representing geotechnical engineers in New Zealand.

What is the life of a migrant geotechnical engineer in New Zealand like?

Life of a migrant geotechnical engineer in New Zealand is just like any other profession. The only difference being that here you get to work in a challenging and progressive environment. The salary range for a geotechnical engineer in NZ is $85,000 to $145,000. Geotechnical engineers with 5-10 years of experience tend to earn on average $110,000. There is a growing demand for Geotechnical engineers in New Zealand as the economy continues to grow.

For those looking at getting into Geotechnical engineering, it is recommended that you have a Bachelor degree in Geotechnical engineering or a related field such as civil engineering. You will also need to be registered with the New Zealand Geotechnical Society (NZGS) in order to practise as a geotechnical engineer in New Zealand.

If you are interested in finding out more about visa options for Geotechnical engineers, please get in touch with one of our immigration consultants today.


New Zealand is the land of diversity and growth. Working here means being happy and growing holistically. Geotechnical engineering is one of the most important and respected professions in New Zealand. And we at Provisas make sure you have a hassle free transition into this beautiful country. Geotechnical engineers are in great demand in New Zealand and we will help you with every step of your immigration journey. Just talk to us - we will help you get settled h

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