The Employment Scenario in Alaska


If you were under the impression that finding employment in Alaska meant working in either the energy, mining, fishing or timber industry, then you’d be in for a pleasant surprise.  Although it might be an exaggeration to state that Alaska is the land of milk and honey but if you can brave the incredibly harsh winters, you’ll be able to pick and choose openings in a diverse range of industrial or economic sectors.

These sectors (both public & private) include ‘healthcare & social assistance’, ‘mining’ (minerals, gas, and oil), ‘company management & enterprises’ ‘technical, scientific & professional services’, ‘financial activities’, ‘remediation services’, ‘waste management, administrative, and administrative support services’, and many others.

Employment Opportunities & Prospects in Different Sectors of Economy

The ‘Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Department’s’ industrial growth projections for the 2012-2022 decade has forecasted that the ‘healthcare & social assistance sector’ will see the highest growth-an unprecedented 25%. Numerically speaking, 11,247 new jobs will be created in the abovementioned sector.

The next four sectors that’ll experience the maximum growth are the ‘mining & energy’, ‘retail trade’, ‘accommodation & food services’, and ‘professional, scientific, and technical services’. Alaska offers unlimited employment opportunities to those who’re scouting for seasonal engagements especially during the summer season. There is a perennial requirement for bus drivers, reception & desk clerks, nurses, and numerous other odd jobs.

The State of the Economy

In terms of per capita income, Alaska holds the 20th rank amongst all the states and the state has witnessed a steady growth in terms of the number of openings. Though cost of living estimates and comparisons may not be precise, several studies and research carried out on the state of the economy increasingly indicate that Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Valdez, and Kodiak amongst the most expensive of cities in US. Unemployment in the state is well above the US average. The growth rate of employment has been sluggish of late-under 1 percent.

Make Necessary Enquiries before Relocating to Alaska

One thing you should never miss doing is getting in touch with the ‘State of Alaska, Department of Labor & Workforce Department’ while you surf on the net for job prospects in the state. Before proceeding to Alaska you should have sufficient funds with you (either in cash or credit) along with a two-way air ticket. Go through the newspaper published in and from Alaska including the ‘Alaska Dispatch News’, ‘Peninsula Clarion’, ‘Juneau Empire’, and ‘Fairbanks Daily’.



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