Workforce Wednesday: Tourism in Bristol Bay

On this Workforce Wednesday we are taking a look at careers in tourism, specifically in Bristol Bay.

Alaska saw a record number of visitors this past year, and that number is expected to grow, especially in Bristol Bay, which is known for its world-class fishing and luxury lodges. There’s never been a  better time to try to jump into the tourist industry.

Most of the work is seasonal but covers a wide range of positions and opportunities: from pilots and tour guides, to maintenance and customer service– there are positions for a wide range of professional skills.

On average, an employee working in Bristol Bay tourism can expect to make around $10 an hour, with a lot of overtime included. With lodging covered, you won’t have to worry about losing income to rent.

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Source: Workforce Wednesday: Tourism in Bristol Bay

Workforce Wednesday: Services at Remote Camps

On this Workforce Wednesday, we are looking at Remote Camps, where people work in Alaska.

These facilities tend to be far away from the general public, and what we’re looking at are the human services such as cooking, cleaning, and catering required to keep remote work camps in Alaska running.

We were joined by Kathy Benedetti, vice president of Human Services at Arctic Catering. She stated that a benefit of working in one of these camps is the amount of time off you could get, with most employees working two weeks on and two weeks off.

As far as who is hiring, Kathy stated that her company, Arctic Catering, is currently hiring. There are also numerous groups and camps looking for service employees regularly.

A high school diploma or GED is required for a position such as this. The pay is all above minimum wage, with hours typically being seven days a week and 12 hours a day.

If you need help getting started in a career or any industry we’ve featured on Workforce Wednesday, you can contact Martha Peck at Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium.

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Source: Workforce Wednesday: Services at remote camps – KTVA 11 – The Voice of Alaska

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.

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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.

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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.

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