Student and Youth

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Are you a high school or post-secondary student interested in Health and Social Services career but not sure what grades, courses, and skills you need to access certain programs?  

The Government of the Northwest Territories has developed the Health and Social Services Career Guidebook that answers these questions along with information about the duties performed, future employment outlook, and salary ranges.

The HSS System is comprised of over two thousand positions, including a diverse variety of occupations. While this guide does not include all occupations within the HSS System, we will continue to add new occupations in a variety of occupations with each update every six months.

Check out this guide to see if there is an HSS career that is right for you!


The GNWT supports northern post-secondary students in their pursuit of education by providing summer work opportunities and support to obtain practicum and placements within the Northwest Territories as the students gain valuable work experience and enhance employment prospects upon completion of their studies.

Practicum Opportunities

The GNWT along with the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority, the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority, and the Tlicho Community Services Agency support Health and Social Service Students who have an interest in rural practicum and placements. 

Summer Student Employment

The GNWT offers multiple Summer Student Employment Opportunities. Post-secondary students are hired as casual employees and are subject to the same terms and conditions as other casual employees. Between April 15 and August 15, students will be given a higher priority than non-students registered in the same Affirmative Action category for casual employment.