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 2018 are listed below. The list is developed annually and updated in March each year.

Some jobs have been grouped together and placed into the next category unit group level to allow a broader scope of occupations to be covered. These jobs are identified with an asterisk.

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, read the NT migration occupation list:

NT migration occupation list

You can find information on migrate to work on the The 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

ANZSCO code Occupation ANZSCO skill level
111111 Chief Executive or Managing Director 1
121111 Aquaculture Farmer 1
121312 Beef Cattle Farmer 1
131112 Sales and Marketing Manager 1
132211 Finance Manager 1
133111 Construction Project Manager 1
133211 Engineering Manager 1
133513 Production Manager (Mining) 1
135111 Chief Information Officer 1
135112 ICT Project Manager 1
139911 Arts Administrator or Manager 1
139912 Environmental Manager 1
141311 Hotel or Motel Manager 2
142111 Retail Manager (General) 2
2211* Accountants 1
221213 External Auditor 1
223111 Human Resource Adviser 1
223311 Training and Development Professional 1
224611 Librarian 1
231111 Aeroplane Pilot 1
231212 Ship's Engineer 1
231213 Ship's Master 1
231214 Ship's Officer 1
233411 Electronics Engineer 1
233512 Mechanical Engineer 1
241111 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher 1
242111 University Lecturer 1
242211 Vocational Education Teacher 1
251513 Retail Pharmacist 1
253111 General Practitioner 1
2611* ICT Business and Systems Analysts 1
261313 Software Engineer 1
2621* Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists 1
312113 Building Inspector 2
3131* ICT Support Technicians 2
321211 Motor Mechanic (General) 3
323211 Fitter (General) 3
334111 Plumber (General) 3
341111 Electrician (General) 3
342111 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic 3
351311 Chef 2
351411 Cook (includes Ethnic Cuisine) 3
391111 Hairdresser 3
394111 Cabinetmaker 3
411511 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker 2
411711 Community Worker 2
411712 Disabilities Services Officer 2
411714 Parole or Probation Officer 2
421111 Child Care Worker 4
423111 Aged or Disabled Carer 4
423313 Personal Care Assistant 4
612112 Property Manager 3
721311 Forklift Driver 4

* Four digit ANZSCO Unit Group code incorporates occupations within this group. Example ANZSCO Unit Group code 2544 - Registered Nurses has 13 individual occupations within the next level.

Source: NT Department of Trade Business and Innovation.

Priority occupations

ANZSCO code Occupation ANZSCO skill level
121213 Fruit or Nut Grower 1
121216 Mixed Crop Farmer 1
121221 Vegetable Grower 1
121399 Livestock Farmers nec 1
121411 Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer 1
132111 Corporate Services Manager 1
132311 Human Resource Manager 1
133611 Supply and Distribution Manager 1
134111 Child Care Centre Manager 1
134214 Welfare Centre Manager 1
134299 Health and Welfare Services Managers nec 1
134499 Education Managers nec 1
141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager 2
141411 Licensed Club Manager 2
141999 Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec 2
142114 Hair or Beauty Salon Manager 2
149212 Customer Service Manager 2
149913 Facilities Manager 2
232212 Surveyor 1
2341* Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1
234516 Marine Biologist 1
234711 Veterinarian 1
241599 Special Education Teachers nec 1
251311 Environmental Health Officer 1
252411 Occupational Therapist 1
252511 Physiotherapist 1
252712 Speech Pathologist 1
254311 Nurse Manager 1
2544* Registered Nurses 1
261212 Web Developer 1
261312 Developer Programmer 1
2631* Computer Network Professionals 1
272112 Drug and Alcohol Counsellor 1
272199 Counsellors nec 1
272311 Clinical Psychologist 1
272312 Educational Psychologist 1
272399 Psychologists nec 1
272412 Interpreter 1
272413 Translator 1
272511 Social Worker 1
272612 Recreation Officer 1
272613 Welfare Worker 1
311215 Pharmacy Technician 2
311412 Earth Science Technician 2
322311 Metal Fabricator 3
322313 Welder (First Class) 3
331212 Carpenter 3
342414 Telecommunications Technician 3
361311 Veterinary Nurse 3
362213 Landscape Gardener 3
411311 Diversional Therapist 2
411411 Enrolled Nurse 2
411713 Family Support Worker 2
411716 Youth Worker 2
431111 Bar Attendant 4
431511 Waiter 4
442111 Prison Officer 4
512111 Office Manager 2
551211 Bookkeeper 4
731211 Bus Driver 4
732111 Delivery Driver 4
733111 Truck Driver (General) 4

* Four digit ANZSCO Unit Group code incorporates occupations within this group. Example ANZSCO Unit Group code 2544 - Registered Nurses has 13 individual occupations within the next level.

Source: NT Department of Trade Business and Innovation.

Industry priority occupations

ANZSCO code Occupation ANZSCO skill level
121299 Crop Farmers nec 1
121317 Mixed Livestock Farmer 1
133511 Production Manager (Forestry) 1
134213 Primary Health Organisation Manager 1
149311 Conference and Event Organiser 2
211199 Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers nec 1
224711 Management Consultant 1
225113 Marketing Specialist 1
225212 ICT Business Development Manager 1
232414 Web Designer 1
233911 Aeronautical Engineer 1
234399 Environmental Scientists nec 1
241512 Teacher of the Hearing Impaired 1
312212 Civil Engineering Technician 2
321111 Automotive Electrician 3
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
324111 Panelbeater 3
324311 Vehicle Painter 3
332111 Floor Finisher 3
333111 Glazier 3
334114 Gasfitter 3
342211 Electrical Linesworker 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
362212 Arborist 3
399516 Sound Technician 3
399911 Diver 3
411715 Residential Care Officer 2
421112 Family Day Care Worker 4
421114 Out of School Hours Care Worker 4
422111 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker 4
423211 Dental Assistant 4
423312 Nursing Support Worker 4
423314 Therapy Aide 4
431112 Barista 4
431311 Gaming Worker 4
431411 Hotel Service Manager 3
442213 Crowd Controller 4
451111 Beauty Therapist 4
451412 Tour Guide 4
452321 Sports Development Officer 3
511112 Program or Project Administrator 2
512299 Practice Managers nec 2
542113 Hotel or Motel Receptionist 4
551111 Accounts Clerk 4
621311 Motor Vehicle or Caravan Salesperson 4
621312 Motor Vehicle Parts Interpreter 4
621511 Retail Supervisor 4
712212 Miner 4
712921 Waste Water or Water Plant Operator 4
721111 Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator 4
721211 Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) 4
721214 Excavator Operator 4
721912 Linemarker 4
8312* Meat Boners and Slicers, and Slaughterers 5
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
899911 Bicycle Mechanic 5

* Four digit ANZSCO Unit Group code incorporates occupations within this group. Example ANZSCO Unit Group code 2544 - Registered Nurses has 13 individual occupations within the next level.

Source: NT Department of Trade Business and Innovation.

Last updated: 20 November 2018

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