While our textile industry is small, New Zealand is recognised as a leader in several areas. We’re the world’s largest producer and exporter of cross-bred wool and produce the world’s finest merino wool.

Careers information

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What does it involve?

The textile sector is made up of about 200 businesses that employ over 3,500 workers. It supports an indirect industry and workforce of many more thousands of people.

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Typical day

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How could I get into the industry

You can join from school, with NCEA passes, or move into the industry from another manufacturing industry.

What kind of jobs could I do?

Most of the textile industry’s work involves producing woollen fabrics and products (e.g. wool scouring, yarn spinning and carpet manufacturing). The industry produces a smaller range of other natural fibre and synthetic textiles too. 

Jobs include:

  • Machine Operators
  • Materials Handlers
  • Weavers
  • Technicians
  • Textile Dyers

Plus there are opportunities to work in the types of roles that are common to all manufacturing processes (e.g. quality control, production management).

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

Attributes Helpful experience Preferred work environments
  • Sciences or Workshop Technology
  • Confident communicator
  • Good at precision work
  • Analysing, researching or problem solving
  • Working with machinery
  • Inside (workshop or plant)

How much could I earn?

  • 0 - 2 years experience

    $20k - $65k

Career pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

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