Workforce Wednesday: Promising Industries

On Workforce Wednesday, KTVA sat down with State Economist Neil Fried who discussed what industries provided the best opportunities for someone in Alaska hoping to join the workforce.

According to Neil, some of the best industries to aim for when looking for work in the state are healthcare, mining, tourism, fishing and air cargo. These Industries are essential for Alaska, and therefore will always need positions filled.

When asked which industry provided what he believed to be the best opportunity for employment, Neil stated that he believed healthcare was the best bet. Due to people always needing care despite changing times, and how the need for healthcare grows as our population grows, that the business of healthcare was a great place to look for employment.

Neil also believes that younger people looking to enter the field are in a great position to find work in today’s world.

Watch the Workforce Wednesday segment here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Promising Industries – KTVA 11 – The Voice of Alaska

Workforce Wednesday: Opportunities within the Municipality of Anchorage

The Municipality of Anchorage is hosting a free “job shop” aimed at supporting residents looking for employment. The program started in Mountain View and has expanded to the Z.J. Loussac Public Library. The job shops are part of Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s goal to create employment opportunities and be innovative in Alaska’s uncertain economic times.

“If you look at the bones of the Alaska economy, we are strong, still a resource development state, there is still plenty of opportunity,” Berkowitz said Wednesday.

There are hundreds of jobs that the Municipality offers, from information technology to law enforcement, maintenance and more. One city department that’s “in full growth mode,” according to the mayor, is the police department. Berkowitz has pushed for the department’s growth, which he now says has nearly 420 officers. An academy is set to start this summer.

A full list of Anchorage Municipality jobs can be found at the city’s website. More information can be found at the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium’s website.

Watch the Workforce Wednesday video segment here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Opportunities within the Municipality of Anchorage | KTVA 11

The Arctic Circle may be more than 400 miles north, but Seward has become an Arctic port

SEWARD — In this picturesque Alaska port town more than 400 miles south of the Arctic Circle, two big symbols of U.S. Arctic ambition loomed over the harbor.

Docked side by side, both preparing to head north, were the cutter Healy, the only polar-class U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker working in the Arctic, and the Crystal Serenity, the huge luxury cruise ship destined for an unprecedented journey through newly ice-sparse waters of the Northwest Passage over the top of Canada. Both ships’ paths converged in Seward, a tourist destination, fishing center and recreation hub that is emerging as a support center and port for Arctic marine and science activities.

Read the full article here.

Source: ADN – The Arctic Circle may be more than 400 miles north, but Seward has become an Arctic port.

UAA Community and Technical College Highlights Programs and Students in Video

The University of Alaska Anchorage Community & Technical College (CTC) offers career and technical education programs that are closely aligned with Alaska’s core industries. CTC faculty work with industry professionals to develop relevant, hands-on training for students. Our graduates earn good wages in high-demand fields that allow them to support themselves, their families and contribute to the state’s economy.

Industries We Serve

  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Construction and Design
  • Culinary, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Oil and Gas

The college delivers innovative instructional services that support student success. Through continuing education, CTC engages the community and provides opportunities for personal enrichment and professional growth.

Source: UAA Community and Technical College

Workforce Wednesday: Travel and Tourism | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Alaska is expected to see record numbers of visitors this year, which means more potential jobs in the tourism industry.

Josh Howes, president of Premier Alaska Tours, joined Daybreak to talk about jobs in the industry.

From cooks and servers, to motor coach drivers and vehicle maintenance workers, pay can range anywhere from $15 to $50 per hour, according to Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium.

Howes said his career started with a seasonal summer job. To be successful in the field, you have to be a people person, he said.

“If you have those people skills, it’s a great, great fit for you. It’s very, very fun,” Howes said. “You can take those people skills and apply them to any other industry, any other relationship in your life, whether it’s working in customer service, helping folks get through a challenging moment or, you know, making sure they’re having a great, great time and having a trip of a lifetime.”

Companies hiring:

Alaska Railroad



For more information on jobs in different industries in Alaska, visit the Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium website.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Travel and Tourism | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11