Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Career planning

Career Development and Employment Services (CDES) assists students and recent graduates to develop the capabilities they need to successfully navigate the world of work, life and learning.

  • Career Development and Employment Services (CDES)
    CDES runs workshops on topics including everything from CVs and cover letters to finding your career direction and optimising your LinkedIn profile. You can also book one-on-one appointments with specialist Career Development Consultants. CDES also hosts events where you can engage directly with employers, such as recruitment events and large industry expos. Check out the CDES website for more information and access to career tools and resources.
  • MyCDES
    MyCDES is your online career portal where you can view our job board, check out our schedule of events and expos, book in for a workshop or a one-on-one appointment with a Career Development Consultant, and access more career resources.

A qualification from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences can take you in many exciting directions. Below is an overview of common career paths taken by our graduates.

Health Sciences

Graduates in this area often move into careers in health promotion, health policy, healthcare management and health information services. Diverse employment opportunities exist with district health boards, non-governmental and governmental health agencies and private healthcare providers.


Careers include primary healthcare and general practice, or in a range of specialist disciplines including dermatology, emergency medicine, general medicine, geriatric medicine, gynaecology, medical research and education, neurology, obstetrics, oncology, paediatrics, pathology, psychiatry, public health, radiology and surgery.


Nursing graduates of the University of Auckland have a broad range of career opportunities open to them. These include roles as advanced nurse practitioner, community, gerontology, paediatric, hospital, primary healthcare or mental health nurse, or nurse educator, manager or researcher.


Pharmacists work in a range of industries related to the manufacture, prescription and provision of medicine. A range of new roles, such as medicines review, health screening and monitoring are also emerging. Potential careers include community or hospital pharmacist, health sector manager, medicines information pharmacist or prescribing adviser. Additionally, there are opportunities in other related areas such as medical publishing or pharmaceutical marketing.


On completion of the Bachelor of Optometry, you may apply directly for registration as an optometrist in both New Zealand and Australia. The degree is recognised in other countries too with some allowing direct entry or requiring conversion courses. There are opportunities in private practice, in hospitals, research, teaching and industry.

Biomedical Science

Our Biomedical Science graduates work in some of the world's most rapidly advancing scientific fields. Opportunities exist in universities, research institutes, pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries as well as in private sector agencies both in New Zealand and overseas.