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Job Prospects

Job Prospects... At a glance

In general, job prospects for analysts are good. Employment numbers have been growing and are projected to keep growing, especially for analysts working with ICT.
In contrast, job opportunities for policy analysts are more constrained although still positive. Government funding caps on total public service employment have lowered overall demand for policy analysts, but moderate turnover for policy analysts means there is still a good number of vacancies.

How to become an analyst

What they do

Analysts gather and analyse information to assist and guide the development, implementation (putting into action) and evaluation of an organisation’s strategy, operations and policies. Analysts work in a wide range of specific positions, for example, as a financial analyst, IT systems analyst or policy analyst. The specific duties and required knowledge varies between the different roles.

Their tasks may include:

  • determining organisational and client intelligence requirements
  • organising, collecting, collating and analysing data, and developing intelligence information such as electronic surveillance
  • compiling and disseminating intelligence information using briefings, maps, charts, reports and other methods
  • ascertaining the accuracy of data collected and reliability of sources
  • conducting threat and risk assessments and developing responses
  • liaising and consulting with program administrators and other interested parties to identify policy needs
  • reviewing existing policies and legislation to identify anomalies and out-of-date provisions
  • researching social, economic and industrial trends, and client expectations of programs and services provided
  • formulating and analysing policy options, preparing briefing papers and recommendations for policy changes, and advising on preferred options
  • assessing impacts, financial implications, interactions with other programs and political and administrative feasibility of policies.

Qualifications needed

The qualifications needed to become an analyst depend on the specific job. Usually, analysts require a degree with a significant quantitative component, such as economics or statistics, or a degree that gives specialist knowledge in the object of analysis. In recent years, having a good mix of quantitative and qualitative skills is becoming more and more sought after by employers of some types of analysts.

For example, most policy analyst roles require at least a bachelor’s degree in a subject such as public policy, political science, social science research, history, economics, resource management, or law. ICT analysts usually need a degree in computer science or related subjects. Employers often prefer candidates to have completed a postgraduate qualification, such as honours or a master’s degree.

Cost of study

Bachelor of Arts in Public PolicyBachelor's Degree in Computer Science
$19,500 over three years $20,500 over three years

Average costs in 2018 for a domestic student. Costs vary between institutions. First time students may be eligible for fees-free
tertiary education for their first year of study, which will reduce the total cost. For more information about fees-free eligibility, go to Some polytechnics may have a zero-fees scheme. Further costs include materials, textbooks, and accommodation.

Rents vary from place to place. Estimated market rents by region, city and suburb are available on the MBIE Tenancy Services website.

The StudyLink website provides general budget advice for students, and the Sorted website provides help with detailed budget planning.

Tenancy Services:

Where to study

All New Zealand universities have relevant degrees that can lead to employment as an analyst.

Completed qualifications

Many analysts have degrees in business and management, computer science, or information systems. The number of graduates with a bachelor’s degree in these subjects has increased over the last few years, leading to a bigger pool of potential new analysts.

Qualification completions chart


Source: Ministry of Education.

Income and employment prospects


In 2019, the average income for analysts was estimated to be around $86,400.

Estimated Average Income

Source: MBIE estimates based on Statistics NZ Census and Labour Cost Index

Employment and skill shortages

Analysts’ employment

HistoricProjected Growth
2006 2013 2023 2028
4,482 5,556 6,390 6,990
  3.1% 2.3% 1.5%

Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections. Percentages are compound annual growth rates.
*Growth projections are for the broader category “Information and Organisation Professionals”.

The number of analysts has increased stronglyly over the last few years, and employment is projected to continue past 2023 to 2028. Note: employment has grown especially rapidly for analysts in IT-related fields, and the projections are based in this subset of analysts.

Employment chart


Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections

Outcomes after qualification completion*

OverseasIn further studyReceiving a benefitIn employmentMedian Salary
22% 12% 2% 68% $52,000

Source: Tertiary Education Commission.
*Three years after completion of Bachelor Degree - Computer Science.

Three years after completing a bachelor’s degree in computer science, most graduates are in employment or overseas, and relatively small numbers were in further study. The median salary was $53,000 three years after qualification completion.

ICT business analysts and systems analysts are on Immigration New Zealand’s long-term skill shortage list. This means that the government is actively encouraging skilled people in these occupations to come and work in New Zealand. When there is a shortage, it usually means that job prospects for New Zealand graduates are good. A full list is available on the Immigration New Zealand website.

Immigration NZ, skill shortage list:

Where to find job vacancies

Since 2013, the number of online vacancies for policy analysts has grown at a similar rate to the average for all online job vacancies.


Jobs advertised chart

Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Analyst vacancies are advertised through websites such as Trade Me Jobs and Seek and, increasingly, through social media like LinkedIn.

Trade Me Jobs: 

Career path

In general, job openings for policy analysts are average. On the plus side, moderate job turnover equates to a reasonable number of vacancies. On the other hand, the Government cap on total public sector employment means that the total number of policy analysts in employment in the public sector is relatively stable.

Many policy analysts are employed by central government. Other employers include local authorities, private organisations, unions, business or interest groups.

Marketing analysts typically work for large businesses or marketing or consulting companies.

ICT analysts work in a range of organisations such as large corporations, for the government and in specialist consulting firms.

Analysts can generally progress to become senior analysts, team leaders or managers in their organisations.

Related occupations

The following occupations are related roles or alternative titles. Some of the roles may require a higher level of skill than entry-level analysts.

  • Business Analyst
  • Commercial Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Evaluator
  • Financial Analyst
  • Geospatial Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Policy Analyst
  • Systems Analyst

Other information


More information on analysts is available on the Careers New Zealand website and through the "Just the Job" video. More information specifically on policy analysts is available through the Public Servants Association and Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association.

Careers New Zealand:
Public Servants Association:
Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association:
Just the Job video clip: Careers in The State Sector


The Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is the official classification of occupations in New Zealand.

The occupation of analysts has been coded to the following ANZSCO codes for the purpose of this report:

2244 – Intelligence and Policy Analysts
225112 – Market Research Analyst
232214 – Other Spatial Scientist
2611 – ICT Business and Systems Analysts