Hero photograph
Photo by Careers Expo Team

What are the most searched jobs?🤔

Career Expo —

Do you know the most searched jobs on Google - well have a guess before you read this article!

......still guessing?

Below the Google image are the top 9 jobs searched on google - fascinating eh.

Image by: Careers Expo Team

1️⃣ Police Officer - Police officers work to maintain law and order in the community, prevent and solve crime, respond to emergencies and keep the peace.

To become a police officer, it is necessary to complete the police training course. This includes: 18 weeks of live-in training at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Wellington; two years of supervised frontline police work, which includes workplace assessments; a compulsory university course via distance learning. Police officers must maintain their skills and knowledge in first aid, firearms training and pass physical fitness tests. NCEA subjects that are useful in this role are English, Maths, PE and Social Studies.

  • Statistics: Job prospects: Average. Length of study: 1 year.
  • Payscale: During training, gross salary of $38,358 per year.
  • After graduating, police officers start on about $56,106.

2️⃣ Registered Nurse - Nurses assess health needs, provide care to patients in a variety of clinical contexts, and advise and support people in managing their health. 

To become a registered nurse, it is necessary to have a Nursing Council-approved Bachelor in Nursing (Level 7), be registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand and hold a current annual practising certificate. Nurses must then maintain their competence by doing continuing professional development. NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. It is important to check with your prospective tertiary institute regarding NCEA subjects and minimum credits requirements. Job prospects are good, most nursing graduates have secured a nursing position within one year of graduating. Aged care, primary care and mental health and addictions are areas that provide the most employment prospects.


  • Job prospects: Good. 
  • Length of study: 3 years.
  • Pay scale: In DHBs, new graduates earn $47,000 per year.  After five years, this is up to $67,000. Senior registered nurses earn $67,000 –$110,000.

4️⃣ Psychologist - Also known as: Clinical psychologist, criminal justice psychologist, educational psychologist, health psychologist, board-certified behaviour analyst, community psychologist, sports psychologist, organisational psychologist.

They work with people to develop their potential and help them function more effectively in life. Psychologists work across many areas and environments including hospitals, schools, workplaces and with police. 

To become a psychologist, it is necessary to have at least a master’s degree in psychology, 1500 hours of supervised practice and be registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board. NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful NCEA subjects include English, Maths and Science. Job prospects are good due to a shortage of workers and increasing demand for their services. There are shortages of educational psychologists and clinical psychologists.


  • Job prospects: Good. 
  • Length of study: 6 –7 years.
  • Pay scale: In DHBs, interns earn $51,000 –$56,000 per year. Qualified psychologists earn $65,000 –$91,000.  In private practice, psychologists earn $60 –$160 per hour.

5️⃣ Secondary School Teacher - Also known as: High school teacher, college teacher.

Secondary school teachers plan and present lessons, set assignments and tests, mark and assess students’ work, and observe and manage students’ behaviour. To become a secondary school teacher, it is necessary to have a specialist-subject bachelor’s degree and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) or a Master of Teaching (Secondary), or a Bachelor of Education (Technology), or a Bachelor of Teaching conjoint degree. Teachers must be registered with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and have a current practising certificate. Job prospects are good but chances of securing a job are better for those who: teach a shortage subject, speak Māori or Pasifika languages, work in isolated rural schools, or work in low socio-economic locations.


  • Job prospects: Good. 
  • Length of study: 4 years.
  • Pay scale: Graduates start on $51,000 per year. With two to five years’ experience, $56,000–$69,000.
  • With five years’ plus experience, $69,000–$78,000. Teachers in private or independent schools may earn an extra
  • $2000–$3000 per year. Teachers in hard-to-staff schools may be eligible for extra payments under the Voluntary Bonding Scheme.

6️⃣ Accountant - Also known as: Accounting technician, management accountant, taxation accountant.

Accountants prepare financial accounts and reports for individuals and businesses, provide accountancy services and systems,and advise on and analyse financial matters. To become an accountant, it is necessary to have a commerce, business or accounting degree majoring in accounting. Most accountants are members of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA). To become a chartered accountant, the requirements are a commerce, business or accounting degree at a CA-approved university, three years of workplace experience and completing the Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting run by CA. Useful subjects include Accounting, Economics, English and Maths with Statistics or Calculus. Job prospects are good due to demand for experienced workers and increased demand for accountancy services.


  • Job prospects: Good.
  • Length of study: 3– 6 years.
  • Pay scale: Estimated average income for accountants is $66,300 per year.  Estimated average income for fully qualified accountants is $140,700.

7️⃣ Flight Attendant - Also known as: Cabin crew member, travel attendant.

Flight attendants ensure passengers travelling in airplanes are comfortable and safe. They serve food and drinks, instruct passengers in emergency safety procedures and operating emergency equipment, and assist passengers with additional needs. To become a flight attendant, it is necessary to look at the requirements of individual airlines, as each company has its own training programmes. In New Zealand, it is a requirement that all flight attendants are New Zealand residents, are at least 18 years old, hold a current first aid certificate, have a passport without restrictions, and pass aviation security clearance checks. There are no specific secondary school requirements but a minimum of three years’ secondary education and fluency in a second language is advantageous. Job prospects are average because although job numbers are increasing, vacancies are generally limited to Auckland and Christchurch. Outside of these two cities, demand for flight attendants is poor.


  • Job prospects: Average.
  • Length of study: 1 year.
  • Pay scale: Estimated average income is $52,500 per year.

Flight attendants get meal, accommodation, uniform and grooming allowances of between $7,000–$12,000 per year.

8️⃣ Airplane Pilot - Also known as: Agricultural pilot, charter pilot, commercial pilot, fixed wing pilot.

Airplane pilots navigate and fly the plane to its destination, calculate the amount of fuel required, liaise with air traffic control, perform pre-flight checks, programme flight management systems and write flight reports. To become a fixed wing commercial pilot, it is necessary to have a commercial pilot licence. To get this, the requirements are: be at least 18 years old; pass a Class 1 medical examination; have a current New Zealand private pilot licence; pass written exams; complete 150–200 hours’ flying time; satisfy the Civil Aviation Authority’s fit and proper person requirements; and pass an English-language proficiency test. For those with commercial pilot licences it can take at least three years to progress to an operational flying role in a major company or airline. In the interim pilots build up their flying hours by working for smaller operations or instructing other pilots. Job prospects are good as employment prospects are high, but entry is difficult and the cost of training is very high comparative to initial income.


  • Job prospects: Good.
  • Length of study: 2–3 years.
  • Pay scale: Estimated average income is $113,500 per year.

9️⃣ Paramedic - Also known as: Ambulance officer.

Paramedics attend medical emergencies, treat injuries and those who are unwell, stabilise patients and transport them to and from hospitals and other medical facilities.To become a paramedic, it is necessary to have a relevant degree – a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Paramedicine through Whitireia New Zealand or Auckland University of Technology – or experience as an ambulance crew volunteer with St John. It is also a requirement that paramedics hold a full Class 1 driver’s licence for one year, and have a good driving record. NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Health and English. Job prospects are average due to increased competition for jobs; however, vacancies are increasing.


  • Job prospects: Average.
  • Length of study: 3 years.
  • Pay scale: New paramedics earn $45,000 –$58,000 per year.

Experienced paramedics earn $58,000 –$75,000.

1️⃣0️⃣ Electrician - Also known as: Electrical contractor, electrical fitter.

Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical equipment and systems across a wide range of areas. To become an electrician, it is necessary to have a National Certificate in Electrical Engineering – Electrician for Registration (Level 4). For electricity supply electricians, the equivalent is a National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Level 4). Both qualifications can be completed as part of an apprenticeship with a registered electrician. An apprenticeship involves a mix of theory and practical on-the-job learning and takes three to four years to complete. Electricians must be registered with the Electrical Workers Registration Board. Job prospects are good as New Zealand is experiencing a shortage of trained and qualified electricians.


  • Job prospects: Good.
  • Length of study: 3– 4 years.
  • Pay scale: Estimated average income is $59,000 per year.

Credit: www.leavingschool.co.nz

Image by: Louise Van Tongeren