Alaska Economic Trends – Forecast for Industries and Occupations 2014 to 2024

October Trends
is the ten-year forecast for industries and occupations that we publish every two years. While this forecast has changed considerably from the last one because of the drop in oil prices, Alaska is still projected to add jobs at a rate of over 5 percent overall between 2014 and 2024. We expect some prominent industries to lose ground, while others are projected to grow.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

With a Possible Pilot Shortage Looming, Some in Alaska are Especially Concerned

In a state where many people live off the road system and rely on aviation for everything from grocery deliveries to medical transportation, some in the aviation industry are concerned about how growing global demand for pilots will affect Alaska.

And others say a pilot shortage has already arrived.

“We’re extremely concerned about pilot supply over the next one, two, three to five years,” said Brad Lambert, vice president of flight operations at Horizon Air, speaking broadly of the airline’s operations, and not just in Alaska. “We’re just concerned there won’t be enough young people entering the profession.”

But in Alaska, where air travel is so crucial, the effects might be particularly acute.

“It’s the lifeblood of Alaska, especially within rural Alaska,” said Corey Hester, executive director of the Alaska Airmen Association.

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development estimates that employment and job openings for airline pilots, co-pilots and flight engineers will grow nearly 12 percent between 2014 and 2024. Openings are also “very high” for aircraft mechanics and aircraft service technicians in Alaska, according to data from the Labor Department.

To read the full article, click here.

Source: With a possible pilot shortage looming, some in Alaska are especially concerned – Alaska Dispatch News

Maritime Industry Looks to Train a Skilled Workforce

Whether it’s seafood processing or in a shipyard there aren’t enough skilled workers to meet the jobs in Alaska. Now, a group of maritime businesses are looking to train Alaskans to fill skilled jobs in their industry. The partnership, “Maritime Works” was presented at the annual Southeast Conference meeting in Petersburg.

The Maritime Works panel sits in front of the Southeast Conference gathering, Sept. 20, in Petersburg. (from left) Kris Norosz, Julie Decker, Doug Ward, Cari Ann Carty. Photo/Angela Denning

To listen to the panel discussion and read the full article, click here.

Source: Maritime Industry Looks to Train a Skilled Workforce | KFSK

Maritime Apprenticeship Offers New Job Opportunities for Alaskans

JUNEAU, Alaska—The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is revitalizing a job training initiative to place Alaskans in credentialed positions in the U.S.-flag commercial maritime fleet. Alaskans who pass industry and Coast Guard required physicals, drug screenings, and background checks will be eligible to enter into a 14-month apprenticeship program to train for credential as a chief cook, FOWT/fireman-oiler-watertender, or able-bodied seafarer. Program participants receive room and board as well as wages while working as an apprentice, and graduates are guaranteed placement into their first job.

“We are committed to helping Alaskans obtain the training they need for rewarding careers,” said Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas. “This program has a proven record of success in helping Alaskans find work in the maritime industry with good wages and benefits.”

The training will be conducted through the Seafarers International Union affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education in Piney Point, Maryland. The Paul Hall Center was established in 1967 and offers the most U.S. Coast Guard approved courses of any maritime school in the nation, and its apprentice program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. Apprentices will also have the ability to obtain college credit for successfully completing certain sanctioned courses.

Ralph Mirsky of SeaLink in Ketchikan, Alaska will coordinate the recruitment and screening of Alaskans interested in this program. For more information, please contact Mr. Mirsky at 907-254-1896 or, or visit

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

University of Alaska Transition Coalition

Have you ever wondered how your high school students can earn college credit? Or how Tech Prep and Dual Credit work? Or whether your school district has a Tech Prep agreement in place with the University of Alaska?

Find the answers to these questions and more at the new University of Alaska Transition Coalition (UATC) website!

UATC is a group of representatives from campuses all across the University of Alaska who partner with educators in their regions to bring college credit opportunities to secondary students.

Members of UATC meet regularly and are working to develop consistent processes statewide—whether that is aligning course content to postsecondary student learning outcomes, creating pathways to career and technical education goal completion, or developing articulation agreements among all educational partners.

Visit the website to review UATC’s operational framework, view Tech Prep and Dual Credit documents for school districts around the state, and identify the university staff person who can help your district implement Tech Prep or Dual Credit programs.

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Source: UATC | Workforce Programs