Hard to fill jobs in the NT

The Northern Territory (NT) Government identifies jobs in high demand or that are critical to the local economy and industry. This is known as the Northern Territory Skilled Occupation Priority List (NTSOPL).

The jobs for 2017 are listed below. The list is reviewed annually and updated in March each year.

Jobs and skill levels

The jobs listed on this page have all been assigned an Australian and New Zealand standard classification of occupation (ANZSCO) code and skill level.

The codes and skill levels are used for a range of purposes, including on application forms for migration to the NT and Australia.

Skill level numbers show the level of qualifications or experience needed for each job, in the following order:

  • ANZSCO skill level 1 - bachelor degree or higher qualification
  • ANZSCO skill level 2 - associate degree, advanced diploma or diploma
  • ANZSCO skill level 3 - certificate III or certificate IV
  • ANZSCO skill level 4 - certificate II or certificate III
  • ANZSCO skill level 5 - certificate I or compulsory secondary education.

For more information go to the ANZSCO page of the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

Skilled migration

For more information about occupations open to skilled migration, go to the NT Migration Occupation List and migrate to work on the Australia's Northern Territory website, or email Migration NT at migration@nt.gov.au.

How to add a job to the list

To request a job be added to the list on this page go to the Industry Skills Advisory Council NT website.

Read the information paper used to determine which jobs are included on the list.

NT skilled occupation priority list information paper (134.3 kb)
NT skilled occupation priority list information paper (123.2 kb)

High priority occupations

These occupations have been identified by industry and economic modelling as a high priority in the NT.

ANZSCO code Occupation ANZSCO skill level
111111Chief Executive or Managing Director1
131112Sales and Marketing Manager1
132211Finance Manager1
133513Production Manager (Mining)1
134111Child Care Centre Manager1
135112ICT Project Manager1
139912Environmental Manager1
141111Cafe or Restaurant Manager2
141311Hotel or Motel Manager2
141411Licensed Club Manager2
141999Accommodation and Hospitality Managers not elsewhere classified (NEC)2
149212Customer Service Manager2
149913Facilities Manager2
211411Painter (Visual Arts)1
221111Accountant (General)1
221112Management Accountant1
221213External Auditor1
223211ICT Trainer1
223311Training and Development Professional1
231111Aeroplane Pilot1
231211Master Fisher1
231212Ship's Engineer1
231213Ship's Master1
231214Ship's Officer1
232411Graphic Designer1
232414Web Designer1
241111Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher1
242211Vocational Education Teacher1
251513Retail Pharmacist1
254413Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)1
254414Registered Nurse (Community Health)1
261111ICT Business Analyst1
262113Systems Administrator1
263112Network Administrator1
271299Judicial and Other Legal Professionals nec1
312113Building Inspector2
313113Web Administrator2
313199ICT Support Technicians nec2
321111Automotive Electrician3
321211Motor Mechanic (General)3
323211Fitter (General)3
334111Plumber (General)3
341111Electrician (General)3
342111Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic3
351411Cook (Ethnic Cuisine)3
411213Dental Technician2
411511Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker2
411711Community Worker2
411712Disabilities Services Officer2
421111Childcare Worker4
423111Aged and Disabled Carer4
423313Personal Care Assistant4
512111Office Manager2
612112Property Manager3
733111Truck Driver (General)4


Priority occupations

These occupations have been identified by industry and economic modelling as a priority in the NT. 

ANZSCO code Occupation ANZSCO skill level
111211Corporate General Manager1
121111Aquaculture Farmer1
121213Fruit or Nut Grower1
121221Vegetable Grower1
132111Corporate Services Manager1
132311Human Resource Manager1
133611Supply and Distribution Manager1
134214Welfare Centre Manager1
134299Health and Welfare Services Managers (NEC)1
139915Sports Administrator1
142111Retail Manager (General)2
142114Hair or Beauty Salon Manager2
149311Conference and Event Organiser2
149999Hospitality, Retail and Service Manager NEC2
221113Taxation Accountant1
223111Human Resource Advisor 1
233512Mechanical Engineer1
234111Agricultural Consultant1
234112Agricultural Scientist 1
234311Conservation Officer1
234312Environmental Consultant1
234313Environmental Research Scientist1
234314Park Ranger1
241599Special Education Teachers NEC1
251211Medical Diagnostic Radiographer1
251311Environmental Health Officer1
252411Occupational Therapist1
252712Speech Pathologist1
253111General Practitioner1
253112Resident Medical Officer1
254311Nurse Manager1
254412Registered Nurse (Aged Care)1
254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)1
254417Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)1
254418Registered Nurse (Medical)1
254421Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)1
254422Registered Nurse (Mental Health)1
254423Registered Nurse (Perioperative)1
254424Registered Nurse (Surgical)1
254499Registered Nurse NEC 1
261112Systems Analyst1
261212Web Developer1
261313Software Engineer1
262111Database Administrator1
263311Telecommunications Engineer1
263312Telecommunications Network Engineer1
272112Drug and Alcohol Counsellor1
272199Counsellors NEC1
272399Psychologists nec1
272499Social Professionals nec1
272511Social Worker1
272613Welfare Worker1
311213Medical Laboratory Technician2
311412Earth Science Technician2
312112Building Associate2
312212Civil Engineering Technician2
322311Metal Fabricator3
322313Welder (First Class)3
342414Telecommunications Technician3
362213Landscape Gardener3
399312Library Technician2
411411Enrolled Nurse2
411713Family Support Worker2
411714Parole or Probation Officer2
411716Youth Worker2
422111Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker4
431111Bar Attendant4
431411Hotel Service Manager3
512211Health Practice Manager2
512299Practice Managers nec2
721311Forklift Driver4
731211Bus Driver4
732111Delivery Driver4

Industry priority occupations

These occupations have been identified by industry as a priority for their particular industry in the NT.

ANZSCO code Occupation ANZSCO skill level
133511Production Manager (Forestry)1
134311School Principal1
211199Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers NEC1
225212ICT Business Development Manager1
234399Environmental Scientists NEC1
263113Network Analyst1
321212Diesel Motor Mechanic3
321213Motorcycle Mechanic3
321214Small Engine Mechanic3
322211Sheetmetal Trades Worker3
322312Pressure Welder3
323111Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)3
323112Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)3
323212Fitter and Turner3
323214Metal Machinist (First Class)3
324311Vehicle Painter3
332111Floor Finisher3
334115Roof Plumber3
342211Electrical Linesworker3
342311Business Machine Mechanic3
342314Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)3
342315Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)3
342411Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)3
342412Telecommunications Cable Jointer3
342413Telecommunications Linesworker3
351211Butcher or Smallgoods Maker3
361311Veterinary Nurse3
399211Chemical Plant Operator3
399516Sound Technician3
399599Performing Arts Technicians nec3
411715Residential Care Officer2
421112Family Day Care Worker4
421114Out of School Hours Care Worker4
423211Dental Assistant4
423312Nursing Support Worker4
431311Gaming Worker4
442213Crowd Controller4
442216Security Consultant3
451111Beauty Therapist4
451412Tour Guide4
451899Personal Service Workers NEC4
452317Other Sports Coach or Instructor3
452321Sports Development Officer3
542113Hotel or Motel Receptionist4
599711Library Assistant4
621311Motor Vehicle or Caravan Salesperson4
621312Motor Vehicle Parts Interpreter4
621511Retail Supervisor4
712911Boiler or Engine Operator4
721111Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator4
721211Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)4
721214Excavator Operator4
831211Meat Boner and Slicer4
831313Seafood Process Worker5
841111Aquaculture Worker5
841211Fruit or Nut Farm Worker5
841214Vegetable Farm Worker5
841999Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers, nec5
899211Deck Hand4
899212Fishing Hand4
899411Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General)4
899415Tyre Fitter4
899911Bicycle mechanic5

Last updated: 02 June 2017