Jobs in skill shortage

Find out what jobs are currently on Immigration New Zealand's long term, immediate and Canterbury skill shortage lists, within the following industries.

Jobs in Health and Community

Community Services

Psychologists investigate, assess and work with people who have problems affecting their behavior, thoughts and emotions, and help them to develop their potential. Organisational psychologists focus on recommending ways to improve workplaces.



Anaesthetic technicians assist anaesthetists, and prepare operating theatres and clinics for anaesthetic procedures.

Audiologists and audiometrists study, identify, measure and treat hearing disorders and loss. They also provide aids and other listening devices to assist patients who have hearing loss.

Dental technicians create and repair devices for the treatment, replacement and protection of damaged, badly positioned or missing teeth.

Dentists study and treat diseases, injuries and problems of the mouth, teeth, gums and jaw. They also educate patients on how to avoid oral health problems.

Diagnostic radiologists diagnose diseases of the human body using x-rays, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine and radioactive solutions.

Dispensing opticians interpret prescriptions from optometrists and ophthalmologists (eye specialists) for glasses or contact lenses, sell customers suitable frames and lens systems, and fit and assemble glasses.

General practitioners care for, diagnose and treat the health problems of individuals and families in the community. 

Gynaecologists/obstetricians advise, diagnose and treat issues with the female reproductive system, and provide medical care for women before, during and after pregnancy.

Medical radiation technologists use x-ray and other imaging equipment to take images of injuries and diseases. 

Midwives provide care and support to women, their partners and family/whānau during pregnancy, labour and birth, and for six weeks following the birth. They also provide wellness and parenting information and education for mothers and their families.

Medical laboratory technicians take medical samples and run tests under the supervision of scientists and pathologists.

Radiation therapists are part of a specialised team that uses radiation to treat diseases, mostly cancers, in patients.

Occupational therapists assess and treat people who have limited ability to carry out everyday activities because of illness, injury or circumstance. 

Physicians are medical specialists who provide non-surgical advice and treatment to patients referred to them by other doctors.

Physiotherapists work to maintain and promote people's health. They help restore function and independence when people have a disability or problem caused by physical, brain and nervous system disorders.

Psychiatrists assess, diagnose and provide treatment for people with mental, emotional and behavioural disorders. They study how the brain and nervous systems function and how these interact with people's environments and affect the way people think, feel and behave.

Registered nurses assess, treat, care for and support patients in hospitals, clinics, residential care facilities and their homes.

Speech-language therapists assess and treat people who have problems with communication or swallowing. This may include difficulties with speech, language, thought processes or moving their bodies.

Surgeons consult with patients and operate on people to treat and manage disease and injuries.