Overview of the Fastest Growing Alaska Careers

Thinking about moving to Alaska? Wondering in what industry you'll be most likely to find work? If you're thinking jobs that in Alaska are limited to fishing or moose hunting, think again. You might be surprised to read about some of the fastest-growing careers in Alaska today.

Overview of Alaska

Known as the Last Frontier, Alaska might be thought of as wilderness and snow, but there is a lot of potential growth in several industries in this state. With well-populated cities such as Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, there are plenty of places to find work in Alaska. Even with a 7.3% unemployment rate as of April 2018, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), some fields such as healthcare are growing. The BLS also reports that the average hourly wage for those working in Alaska as of May 2017 is $27.77, well above the national average of $24.34.

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Jobs in the Health Care Industry

Healthcare is where it's at in Alaska; the majority of the top 30 fastest-growing occupations in terms of percent change from 2014-2024 are in healthcare services. Each one of the following jobs is among the top 25 fastest growing careers in Alaska projected through the year 2024, as reported by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development:

  • Optometrists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Nurse Midwives
  • Dental Assistants
  • Pharmacy Aides
  • Chiropractors
  • Dispensing Opticians
  • General Dentists
  • Medical Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • General Internists
  • Massage Therapists
  • General Pediatricians
  • Obstretricians and Gynecologists
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

Non-Healthcare Jobs Experiencing Growth in Alaska

Not everyone, of course, wants to be a nurse or doctor. What about other occupations in the 49th state? According to data from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the following occupations are also projected to see positive growth of 15.4% or higher in Alaska from 2014-2024:

  • Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  • Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse
  • Umpires, Referees and Other Sport Officials
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
  • Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
  • Technical Writers
  • Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
  • Anthropologists and Archeologists
  • Animal Care and Service Workers
  • Pest Control Workers

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