Workforce Wednesday: Looking at the future of Alaska’s job market
Have you always known what you wanted to do with your career, or do you want to switch it up but don’t know where to start? Are you worried about job stability in the state?
Neal Fried, economist for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and Cari-Ann Carty with the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC), noted there are a few careers that will grow with you and the economy.
The big industries are mining and healthcare, but there are also jobs in the maritime sector, the two said. An able-bodied seaman can make up to $65,000 a year after six months on the job, Carty noted. She said the Alaska Vocational Training Center, or AVTEC, in Seward offers a course to prepare for that career’s exam.
Fried said it’s important that Alaskans not get discouraged about the state economy in the news.
“It’s a rich job market. There’s always opportunities,” he said, adding there are many resources available to jobseekers.
State of Alaska websites for job seekers
Learn more by visiting the APICC website.
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