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Historic Places - Travel and Jobs in Anchorage, Alaska

Updated on May 19, 2014

Anchorage: Historic Photo of Balto, Hero Sled Dog

The real Balto at his goal in Nome, Alaska in the early 20th Century, delivering life saving vaccine. His journey became the Iditarod Trail.
The real Balto at his goal in Nome, Alaska in the early 20th Century, delivering life saving vaccine. His journey became the Iditarod Trail. | Source

Anchorage Alaska

The Sled Dog Industry in Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska is not only the largest city in the state, but also the gateway to the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, also known as The Race for Mercy and

The Last Great Race on Earth.

The word Iditarod means "a distant place" and the trail used for the Iditarod dog and musher's race is surely one that leads across long distances of snow, ice covered bays, and storms. For the blind mushers who have been entering with their trail guides, that trail may seem even longer.

Requiring a full year of preparation every year, the Iditarod Sled Dog race is held annually at the beginning of March, along with a Jr. Iditarod for youth during the last several years. A great number of people are required to operate this race and jobs are available, as listed further below.

The race is held in order to commemorate an emergency dog sled relay in 1925 over the frozen land and sea to deliver diphtheria vaccine to the people of Nome, Alaska. Native Americans in Alaska made up the majority of the mushers that drove the dog sleds toward Nome along much a similar route to one the Iditarod travels in the 21st century. There were also some Europeans mushers.

The famous lead sled dog Balto led the last leg of the relay, his team and musher delivering the vaccine into the hands of the people that needed it in order to continue living.

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The dogs and sled hauled the medicine to a group of adults and children stricken with the fatal disease diphtheria out in the toughest wilds of Alaska, where no other form of transportation could reach and where medicine and supplies were scarce. Some people unfortunately died because of these circumstances, but many were saved.

Balto led the final team to the children and helped save their lives. Statues and a museum can be visited in Anchorage, and a large statue in New Your City's Central Park commemorates Balto as a hero.

Anchorage is a big employment city in Alaska and a large center for the tourism, hospitality, and dog sledding industries.

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Working In Alaska Is Lucrative

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Residents of Alaska have been entitled to receive a portion of the state's oil sales revenues yearly and this makes a good cash bonus for families and individuals.

This bonus is administered through a state savings account set up back in 1976 through a state vote. In addition, Alaska's Senior Citizens receive at least $150,000 in property tax exemptions or rental rebates.

Further good news is that there is no state or local income tax in Alaska.

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Alaskan Jobs Snapshot

During January 2014, the highest demand jobs in the state were the following, out of 18,000 job listings recorded:

  1. General Practice Dentists
  2. University of Alaska Jobs
  3. Dental Assistants
  4. State of Alaska Jobs
  5. Truck Drivers
  6. Physicians
  7. Dental Lab Technicians
  8. Dental Technicians/Assistants
  9. Dental Hygienists
  10. Retail Salespeople
  11. Physical Therapists
  12. Maintenance and Mechanical Engineers - Oil and Gas
  13. Fishing Jobs
  14. Registered Nurses (RNs) - Includes Nurse Practitioners
  15. Event Specialists and Hotel related jobs

Top 10 Employers Hiring Alaskan Natives

  1. ASRC Energy Services
  2. NANA Management Services
  3. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  4. Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
  5. Southcentral Foundation
  6. Doyon/Universal Ogden
  7. SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
  8. AES - Houston Contracting
  9. Maniilaq Association
  10. Norton Sound Health

Major Employers

The Top 10 Largest Employers in the State of Alaska are

  1. Providence Health System
  2. Safeway Stores, Inc. (retail-grocery)
  3. Wal-Mart/Sam's Club (retail-grocery)
  4. Fred Meyer (retail-grocery)
  5. Alaska Airlines
  6. BP Exploration, Inc. (oil and gas production)
  7. Banner Health System
  8. NANA Management Services
  9. Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
  10. RC Energy Services

Travel Nursing

Anchorage employees almost half of all people that work in the state of Alaska. Travel Nursing is the Number One medical job available and in high demand in Alaska.

Anchorage offers additional opportunities in other medical and Healthcare occupations, Construction Trades (including HVAC), Oil & Gas production, and Professions: architecture, environmental engineering, legal, and Interdenominational (IT).

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      That's nice of you to say, CloudExplorer! I'm learning all the time and finding better ways to format Hubs. In fact, this one is a recent update. I love being able to work on screen and not needing to shuffle things around on paper.

      Thanks for your very kind words! They are an encouragement - I hope to remain a benefit to you and the community. You've certainly done a lion's share of networking on HP and people appreciate it.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Very useful article for all those whom are looking to move to Alaska, researching on that specific location, and all.

      I like how you've managed to detail the information here so accurately, and the content placement as well, as you always manage to do here with your hubs Patty.

      Whether you know it or not I learned a great deal from you, because you were one of the first hubbers I ever tried to learn from and definitely in terms of content placement techniques.

      Thanks for sharing this powerfully informative hub about Alaska, I enjoyed reading it.

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      Wesley Barras 7 years ago from Anchorage, AK

      Love the money in Alaska and I find making a living is super easy, but 6-7 months of winter? Too much. If you are born there it is no big deal but I am from Texas and every winter I got highly depressed. I don't live there anymore but do love the place. Alaska Airlines rules as well!

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia


      It's about 80 degrees here, down from 95 yesterday, and stepping into the swimming pool is like stepping into the bath!

      Mind you, we're in the southern hemisphere, so it's mid-summer, but even in winter it never, ever snows here. In fact, in our part of Sydney, it doesn't even get as low as freezing.

      I'm sure there would be room for another tailor in these parts ;)


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      Thndrstruck 9 years ago

      Hey I live in Anchorage,too

      come visit my site to see what I have to offer, to all

      IE. realtors, college students,work at home based biz,stay at home mothers,single parents.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      So where do we find this island? The weather network is promising more missery for our area. Snow, freezing rain the works.

      You're the research specialist, you always find just the right thing I leave it in your hands. Tell me where & when to book my flight. I'll see you there. Zs

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016


      I think we would have to buy an island and then open a tailoring business for people who would like to travel to our island, have a vacation, and purchase new clothes ... and eat in our restaurant of course. Island of Tailoring.

      My Mohawk grandfather's surname was Taylor, by the way. They must have been tailors in the 1700s!


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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      It's odd I just watched a documentary on living in the North of north, last night. For a fleating split second I thought it would be so peaceful to live there. Then I looked outside at my 2" of snow...Nah too much white stuff and cold. Now how about finding a spot for jobs where its not too cold, not too hot, no taxes, jobs galore for a tailor.....

      great hub regards Zsuzsy