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Workforce Wednesday: Cargo careers at FedEx

By Daybreak Staff 1:33 PM November 30, 2016

Careers in corralling cargo is what FedEx is all about — especially at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, which was the fourth-largest airport in terms of cargo in 2015, according to the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.

The freight and transportation industry is essential in Alaska because of how many goods come through either the port or cargo planes. According to Cassie Ostrander with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, the industry currently has an estimated 21,000 jobs in this sector. That number is expected to grow by 10 percent by 2024, she said.

FedEx employs more than route workers and cargo handlers. The company’s Anchorage operations administrator, Erin Smulick, said the jobs they hire for are diverse.

“We also have ramp agents that compute the weight and balance for flights. We have couriers, mechanics that do aircraft mechanics and also mechanics that do all the other equipment we have,” she said.

According to the Alaska Department of Labor, entry-level positions in the transportation and warehousing sector range from $10 to $15 an hour, later ranging to nearly $40 an hour.

FedEx prioritizes hiring and promotion from within the organization. It also offers benefits, including tuition reimbursement, 401(k), paid time off and holiday pay.

FedEx is hiring now. Applications can be found on its website.

Editor’s Note: In the video above, several locations are listed with employment opportunities with Fedex facilities. Kenai was unintentionally excluded from that list.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated 21,000 jobs would be added to the freight and transportation industry. This has been amended.

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