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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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