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 2016 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 Pathways through business and skilled migration on the Australia's Northern Territory website, or email the website owners at migration@nt.gov.au.

How to add a job to the list

To request a job be added to the listing on this page contact the Industry Skills Advisory Council.

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

Northern Territory skilled occupation priority list information paper (200.5 kb)

Northern Territory skilled occupation priority list information paper (338.2 kb)

High priority occupations

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

ANZSCO codeOccupationANZSCO skill level
134111Child Care Centre Manager1
135112ICT Project Manager1
139911Arts Administrator or Manager1
139915Sports Administrator1
141111Cafe or Restaurant Manager2
141311Hotel or Motel Manager2
141411Licensed Club Manager2
141999Accommodation and Hospitality Managers not elsewhere classified (NEC)2
221111Accountant (General)1
221112Management Accountant1
221213External Auditor1
223111Human Resource Advisor 1
223113Workplace Relations Advisor1
223311Training and Development Professional1
224412Policy Analyst1
231211Master Fisher1
231214Ship's Officer1
233211Civil Engineer1
234611Medical Laboratory Scientist1
241111Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher1
242211Vocational Education Teacher1
251214Sonographer1
252411Occupational Therapist1
252511Physiotherapist1
252711Audiologist1
253111General Practitioner1
253112Resident Medical Officer1
254211Nurse Educator1
254311Nurse Manager1
254412Registered Nurse (Aged Care)1
254417Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)1
261111ICT Business Analyst1
263111Computer Network and Systems Engineer1
272112Drug and Alcohol Counsellor1
272114Rehabilitation Counsellor1
272412Interpreter1
311111Agricultural Technician2
312312Electrical Engineering Technician2
322313Welder (First Class)3
341111Electrician (General)3
342111Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic3
342313Electronic Equipment Trades Worker3
351311Chef2
351411Cook3
351411Cook (Ethnic Cuisine)3
391111Hairdresser3
411511Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker2
411711Community Worker2
411716Youth Worker2
421111Childcare Worker4
423111Aged or Disability Carer4
431111Bar Attendant4
431511Waiter4
512111Office Manager2
551111Accounts Clerk4
612112Property Manager3
741111Storeperson4

Priority occupations

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

ANZSCO codeOccupationANZSCO skill level
121111Aquaculture Farmer1
121213Fruit or Nut Grower1
121221Vegetable Grower1
132311Human Resource Manager1
133111Construction Project Manager1
133112Project Builder1
133211Engineering Manager1
133513Production Manager (Mining)1
133611Supply and Distribution Manager1
134214Welfare Centre Manager1
134299Health and Welfare Services Managers (NEC)1
139912Environmental Manager1
139914Quality Assurance Manager1
139999Specialist Managers NEC1
142111Retail Manager (General)2
142114Hair or Beauty Salon Manager2
149913Facilities Manager2
149999Hospitality, Retail and Service Manager NEC2
211199Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers NEC1
211213Musician (Instrumental)1
211311Photographer1
221113Taxation Accountant1
222113Insurance Broker2
225113Marketing Specialist1
231111Aeroplane Pilot1
231212Ship's Engineer1
231213Ship's Master1
232212Surveyor1
232411Graphic Designer1
232414Web Designer1
233512Mechanical Engineer1
234111Agricultural Consultant1
234112Agricultural Scientist 1
234311Conservation Officer1
234312Environmental Consultant1
234313Environmental Research Scientist1
234314Park Ranger1
241213Primary School Teacher1
241411Secondary School Teacher1
241599Special Education Teachers NEC1
251111Dietitian  1
251211Medical Diagnostic Radiographer1
251311Environmental Health Officer1
251511Hospital Pharmacist1
251911Health Promotion Officer1
252712Speech Pathologist1
254111Midwife1
254212Nurse Researcher1
254413Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)1
254414Registered Nurse (Community Health)1
254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)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
261311Analyst Programmer1
261312Developer Programmer1
261313Software Engineer1
262111Database Administrator1
262113Systems Administrator1
263112Network Administrator1
263311Telecommunications Engineer1
263312Telecommunications Network Engineer1
272113Family and Marriage Counsellor1
272199Counsellors NEC1
272311Clinical Psychologist 1
272413Translator1
272511Social Worker1
272611Community Arts Worker1
272612Recreational Officer1
272613Welfare Worker1
311213Medical Laboratory Technician2
311412Earth Science Technician2
312412Electronic Engineering Technician2
312611Safety Inspector2
312912Metallurgical or Materials Technician2
321211Motor Mechanic (General)3
322311Metal Fabricator3
323211Fitter (General)3
324111Panel Beater3
324311Vehicle Painter3
331111Bricklayer3
331212Carpenter3
332211Painting Trades Worker3
334111Plumber (General)3
362211Gardener (General)3
362213Landscape Gardener3
394111Cabinet Maker3
411214Dental Therapist2
411412Enrolled Nurse2
411712Disabilities Services Officer2
411713Family Support Worker2
411714Parole or Probation Officers2
423313Personal Care Assistant4
442111Prison Officer4
512211Health Practice Manager2
721311Forklift Driver4
731211Bus Driver4
732111Delivery Driver4
733111Truck Driver (General)4

Industry priority occupations

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

ANZSCO codeOccupationANZSCO skill level
234113Forester1
234399Environmental Scientists NEC1
252311Dental Specialist1
253511Surgeon (General)1
253914Ophthalmologist1
263113Network Analyst1
311312Meat Inspector2
313213Telecommunications Network Planner2
313214Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist2
321111Automotive Electrician3
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
323213Fitter-Welder3
323214Metal Machinist (First Class)3
331211Carpenter and Joiner3
333111Glazier3
334114Gas fitter3
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
342414Telecommunications Technician3
351111Baker3
351112Pastrycook3
351211Butcher or Smallgoods Maker3
361311Veterinary Nurse3
362212Arborist3
362411Nursery person3
392311Printing Machinist3
393311Upholsterer3
399211Chemical Plant Operator3
399516Sound Technician3
399911Diver3
411715Residential Care Officer2
421112Family Day Care Worker4
421114Out of School Hours Care Worker4
422111Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker4
423211Dental Assistant4
423312Nursing Support Worker4
423314Therapy Aide4
431112Barista4
431311Gaming Worker4
431411Hotel Services Manager3
442213Crowd Controller4
442216Security Consultant3
451111Beauty Therapist4
451412Tour Guide4
451899Personal Service Workers NEC4
452317Other Sports Coach or Instructor3
452321Sports Development Officer3
599599Inspectors and Regulator Officers NEC4
621312Motor Vehicle Parts Interpreter4
621511Retail Supervisor4
712911Boiler or Engine Operator4
721111Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator4
721211Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)4
821712Scaffolder4
831211Meat Boner and Slicer4
831212Slaughterer4
831313Seafood Process Worker5
841111Aquaculture Worker5
899211Deck Hand4
899212Fishing Hand4
899415Tyre Fitter4

Last updated: 29 September 2016