Jobs in Alaska

This area provides information on Jobs in Alaska including employment growth potential, high income positions and other jobs available in this state.          

What jobs are in Alaska?

  Employment rates are up. From 2002-2012, an estimated 75,000 job opportunities will surface in Alaska to replace workers leaving the labor force. The 2002-2012 projections show these “top jobs” with higher than average wages and good job prospects.

  Top paying jobs in Alaska (
  • Airline Pilots, Copilots, Flight  Engineers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Financial Managers
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Sales Managers

  •   These high income positions require associate degrees:
     Registered Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Commercial Pilots.

    On the job training or experience is required for these high paying jobs:
  • Captains, Pilots of Water Vessels
  • First-Line Supervisors of Construction
  • Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • Operating Engineers, Other Construction Equipment Operators
  • Petroleum Pump System Operators,
  • Plumbers, Pipefitters
  • Trades & Extraction Wkrs
  • Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers

  •   Truck drivers, operating engineers and other Construction equipment operators are large occupations showing growth due to the construction of Alaska’s natural gas pipeline. The Legal sector is likely to stay the same or decline. Most education positions show only modest increases during this time.


    Where are the jobs in Alaska?

    Employment in Alaska is expected to increase 13.7% between 2002 and 2012.  The Service sector will continue to bring about 90% of the new jobs into Alaska. New jobs are concentrated in higher education and training categories. More than half of the positions in the top jobs require education or training of an associate degree or higher.   The Service sector is projected to continue its dominance to 2012. The Goods producing sector will show sustained growth due to metal mining and the projected natural gas pipeline construction.    

    What careers offer stable employment in Alaska?

      The Retail Trade industry is the largest single private sector employer group in Alaska. Automotive goods, vehicles and parts are a significant part of this retail market. Food and beverage services show increases.  

    Thirteen of the fastest growing occupations are connected with health services. Pharmacy technicians are a rapidly growing occupation. Many duties formerly performed by pharmacists are being shifted to pharmacy technicians. This trend is also seen with dental hygienists, dental assistants and physician assistants.  

    Mental health social workers, public health social workers, social and human service assistants, and rehabilitation counselors are the fastest growing social services occupations. Increases in tourism, air cargo traffic, and construction of the gas pipeline will mean substantial increases in transportation and warehousing.   

    What is the employment growth potential in the state of Alaska?

      Healthcare practitioner and technical occupations are projected to many new jobs to professional clusters through 2012. The professional and related occupations cluster continues to account for the largest share of Alaska’s employment in 2012.   Retail employment grows faster than overall economy.  Yet, retail trade pays the lowest average monthly wage of any industry.  

    How many people live in Alaska?

      The population of Alaska in July, 2005 was estimated at 663,661 people.  In 2004, nonresident workers comprised 18.4% of workers employed in Alaska.  

    Two thirds of the Alaskan population lives in urban areas. About 88% of the population has an education of high school level or higher and about 25% of the people have undergraduate degrees. One half of the adult population falls between the ages of 25 and 59. Senior citizens comprise only about 8% of the population. Approximately one third of the population is under 18 years of age.

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