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
111111 Chief Executive or Managing Director 1
131112 Sales and Marketing Manager 1
132211 Finance Manager 1
133513 Production Manager (Mining) 1
134111 Child Care Centre Manager 1
135112 ICT Project Manager 1
139912 Environmental Manager 1
141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager 2
141311 Hotel or Motel Manager 2
141411 Licensed Club Manager 2
141999 Accommodation and Hospitality Managers not elsewhere classified (NEC) 2
149212 Customer Service Manager 2
149913 Facilities Manager 2
211411 Painter (Visual Arts) 1
221111 Accountant (General) 1
221112 Management Accountant 1
221213 External Auditor 1
223211 ICT Trainer 1
223311 Training and Development Professional 1
224611 Librarian 1
231111 Aeroplane Pilot 1
231211 Master Fisher 1
231212 Ship's Engineer 1
231213 Ship's Master 1
231214 Ship's Officer 1
232411 Graphic Designer 1
232414 Web Designer 1
241111 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher 1
242211 Vocational Education Teacher 1
251513 Retail Pharmacist 1
254413 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) 1
254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health) 1
261111 ICT Business Analyst 1
262113 Systems Administrator 1
263112 Network Administrator 1
271299 Judicial and Other Legal Professionals nec 1
312113 Building Inspector 2
313113 Web Administrator 2
313199 ICT Support Technicians nec 2
321111 Automotive Electrician 3
321211 Motor Mechanic (General) 3
323211 Fitter (General) 3
334111 Plumber (General) 3
341111 Electrician (General) 3
342111 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic 3
351311 Chef 2
351411 Cook 3
351411 Cook (Ethnic Cuisine) 3
391111 Hairdresser 3
394111 Cabinetmaker 3
411213 Dental Technician 2
411511 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker 2
411711 Community Worker 2
411712 Disabilities Services Officer 2
421111 Childcare Worker 4
423111 Aged and Disabled Carer 4
423313 Personal Care Assistant 4
512111 Office Manager 2
612112 Property Manager 3
733111 Truck 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
111211 Corporate General Manager 1
121111 Aquaculture Farmer 1
121213 Fruit or Nut Grower 1
121221 Vegetable Grower 1
132111 Corporate Services Manager 1
132311 Human Resource Manager 1
133611 Supply and Distribution Manager 1
134214 Welfare Centre Manager 1
134299 Health and Welfare Services Managers (NEC) 1
139915 Sports Administrator 1
142111 Retail Manager (General) 2
142114 Hair or Beauty Salon Manager 2
149311 Conference and Event Organiser 2
149999 Hospitality, Retail and Service Manager NEC 2
221113 Taxation Accountant 1
223111 Human Resource Advisor 1
232212 Surveyor 1
233512 Mechanical Engineer 1
234111 Agricultural Consultant 1
234112 Agricultural Scientist 1
234311 Conservation Officer 1
234312 Environmental Consultant 1
234313 Environmental Research Scientist 1
234314 Park Ranger 1
234711 Veterinarian 1
241599 Special Education Teachers NEC 1
251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer 1
251214 Sonographer 1
251311 Environmental Health Officer 1
252411 Occupational Therapist 1
252511 Physiotherapist 1
252711 Audiologist 1
252712 Speech Pathologist 1
253111 General Practitioner 1
253112 Resident Medical Officer 1
254311 Nurse Manager 1
254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 1
254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) 1
254417 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) 1
254418 Registered Nurse (Medical) 1
254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 1
254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health) 1
254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 1
254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical) 1
254499 Registered Nurse NEC 1
261112 Systems Analyst 1
261212 Web Developer 1
261313 Software Engineer 1
262111 Database Administrator 1
263311 Telecommunications Engineer 1
263312 Telecommunications Network Engineer 1
272112 Drug and Alcohol Counsellor 1
272199 Counsellors NEC 1
272399 Psychologists nec 1
272412 Interpreter 1
272413 Translator 1
272499 Social Professionals nec 1
272511 Social Worker 1
272613 Welfare Worker 1
311213 Medical Laboratory Technician 2
311412 Earth Science Technician 2
312112 Building Associate 2
312212 Civil Engineering Technician 2
322311 Metal Fabricator 3
322313 Welder (First Class) 3
324111 Panelbeater 3
331212 Carpenter 3
342414 Telecommunications Technician 3
362213 Landscape Gardener 3
399312 Library Technician 2
411411 Enrolled Nurse 2
411713 Family Support Worker 2
411714 Parole or Probation Officer 2
411716 Youth Worker 2
422111 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker 4
431111 Bar Attendant 4
431411 Hotel Service Manager 3
431511 Waiter 4
512211 Health Practice Manager 2
512299 Practice Managers nec 2
551211 Bookkeeper 4
712212 Miner 4
721311 Forklift Driver 4
731211 Bus Driver 4
732111 Delivery Driver 4
741111 Storeperson 4

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
133511 Production Manager (Forestry) 1
134311 School Principal 1
211199 Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers NEC 1
225212 ICT Business Development Manager 1
234113 Forester 1
234399 Environmental Scientists NEC 1
263113 Network Analyst 1
321212 Diesel Motor Mechanic 3
321213 Motorcycle Mechanic 3
321214 Small Engine Mechanic 3
322211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker 3
322312 Pressure Welder 3
323111 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics) 3
323112 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) 3
323212 Fitter and Turner 3
323213 Fitter-Welder 3
323214 Metal Machinist (First Class) 3
324311 Vehicle Painter 3
332111 Floor Finisher 3
333111 Glazier 3
334114 Gasfitter 3
334115 Roof Plumber 3
342211 Electrical Linesworker 3
342311 Business Machine Mechanic 3
342314 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General) 3
342315 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class) 3
342411 Cabler (Data and Telecommunications) 3
342412 Telecommunications Cable Jointer 3
342413 Telecommunications Linesworker 3
351111 Baker 3
351211 Butcher or Smallgoods Maker 3
361311 Veterinary Nurse 3
362212 Arborist 3
362411 Nurseryperson 3
393311 Upholsterer 3
399211 Chemical Plant Operator 3
399516 Sound Technician 3
399599 Performing Arts Technicians nec 3
399911 Diver 3
411715 Residential Care Officer 2
421112 Family Day Care Worker 4
421114 Out of School Hours Care Worker 4
423211 Dental Assistant 4
423312 Nursing Support Worker 4
431112 Barista 4
431311 Gaming Worker 4
442213 Crowd Controller 4
442216 Security Consultant 3
451111 Beauty Therapist 4
451412 Tour Guide 4
451899 Personal Service Workers NEC 4
452317 Other Sports Coach or Instructor 3
452321 Sports Development Officer 3
542113 Hotel or Motel Receptionist 4
599711 Library Assistant 4
621311 Motor Vehicle or Caravan Salesperson 4
621312 Motor Vehicle Parts Interpreter 4
621511 Retail Supervisor 4
712911 Boiler or Engine Operator 4
721111 Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator 4
721211 Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) 4
721214 Excavator Operator 4
721912 Linemarker 4
831211 Meat Boner and Slicer 4
831212 Slaughterer 4
831313 Seafood Process Worker 5
841111 Aquaculture Worker 5
841211 Fruit or Nut Farm Worker 5
841214 Vegetable Farm Worker 5
841999 Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers, nec 5
899211 Deck Hand 4
899212 Fishing Hand 4
899411 Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General) 4
899415 Tyre Fitter 4
899911 Bicycle mechanic 5

Last updated: 04 August 2017