The best jobs in the state are often the highest paying jobs in Alaska, but that isn’t always true. People with low-paying jobs that they love enjoy high rates of satisfaction. It all depends on what kind of job you have and what industry it’s in.
Green jobs are exploding in Alaska. These major clusters of fast-growing jobs are attracting people from all over the nation. Jobs are available in the healthcare industry, financial products and services, information technology, and the hospitality and tourism industry.
There is a particularly high demand for securities and commodities agents, persona land home aides, computer software applications engineers, medical and dental assistants, bartenders, and accommodations desk clerks.
There are several large companies currently hiring for a variety of high-paying jobs in Alaska.
Those include Providence Health System, Carrs/Safeway, Fred Meyer, Wal-Mart, Trident Seafoods, ASRC Energy Services, BP Exploration Alaska, CH2MHILL, NANA Management Services, Alaska Airlines, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, GCI Communications, Banner Health, Faribanks Memorial Hospital, FedEx, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, Southcentral Foundation, ConocoPhillips, Wells Fargo, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, and Spenard Builders Supply. These are all private employers.
Government is also a thriving sector of Alaska’s job market. Large government employers include Anchorage International Airport, Ted Stevens Airport, Fort Wainwright, Unisea Inc., US Army National Guard, Kenai Peninsula School District, University of Alaska-Anchorage, and the State of Alaska Department of Transportation.
As Alaska’s largest building materials supplier and home improvement center, Spenard Builders Supply has employment opportunities in many fields, including retail sales, contractor sales, manufacturing, purchasing, delivery drivers, office staff and other areas.
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium offers statewide services in specialty medical care, water and sanitation, community health and research, information technology, and professional recruiting.
Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, together provide passenger and cargo service to more than 80 cities in Alaska, the Lower 48, Canada, and Mexico.
Southcentral Foundation is an Alaska Native non-profit health corporation formed under the tribal authority of Cook Inlet Region, Incorporated (CIRI).
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company operates and maintains the 800-mile Trans Alaska Pipeline System. Almost 900 employees work in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Valdez and field locations along the pipeline.
Many of these companies offer high-paying jobs.
Other industries in Alaska include the oil and gas industry, which dominates the Alaskan economy, with more than 80% of the state’s revenues derived from petroleum extraction. Alaska’s main export product (excluding oil and natural gas) is seafood, primarily salmon, cod, Pollock and crab.
Employment in Alaska is primarily in government and industries such as natural resource extraction, shipping, and transportation. Federal subsidies are also very important. Industrial outputs are crude petroleum, natural gas, coal, gold, precious metals, zinc and other mining, seafood processing, timber and wood products.
Energy is a huge component of the Alaskan economy. There are many jobs that pay well in energy. Alaska ranks second in the nation in crude oil production. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline can transport and pump up to 2.1 million barrels of crude oil per day, more than any other crude oil pipeline in the United States.
Agriculture is a smaller industry due to the rugged terrain. Relatively little farming occurs here. There is a very short growing season. The primary crops are potatoes, carrots, lettuce, and cabbage. There are some sizable farms north and east of Fort Greely.