5. Oil and Gas Engineer
‘Oil and gas engineer’ can be taken as a broad term, as all kinds of engineers work within the energy industry, but it’s primarily petroleum engineers who make the big bucks.
They utilise their knowledge of the science behind water, oil and gas in order to identify and verify potential drilling sites and, given how lucrative the oil industry is, are recompensed handsomely for this important role. Average salary: NZ$117,960 ($80,120)