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Working for Green Jobs and the Environment of Alaska to 2028

Updated on October 23, 2014
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Sustainability, Green Jobs, and Energy Independence

EcoEmploy.com is a Sustainability Employment Directory that offers access to an array of Environment-related jobs and careers in Alaska as well around the United States. it is also a provider of listings for sustainability employment at the US Federal level and throughout Canada.

In Alaska, EcoEmploy lists links to career pages and job opening websites of a sizable number of nonprofit and for-profit companies throughout the state. These listings include a separate category for law firms with environmental practices.

Particularly interesting is a portal through which to access environmental projects coming up in the near future, listed regularly in the Federal Register: Weekly Federal Register Summary (http://www.mass.gov/dep/public/frhome.htm). This weekly register alerts sustainability and environment workers to when and where new opportunities are arising.

In the 21st Century America is reaching toward a greener, more sustainable future, because of the high cost and pollution surrounding the oil industry, in addition to the cancer-causing elements found in processing petroleum derivatives.

Alaska Sunset

(From akgurlie on sxc.hu)
(From akgurlie on sxc.hu)

High Demand Jobs in Alaska

A summary of high demand and fast growing jobs in the State of Alaska is presented the first in the following list of sustainability and green-jobs Hubs.

Mechanical Engineers, Mechanical Engineering Technicians and related occupations are the most versatile of the engineering professions, often abundant in Alaska because of Oil & Gas and other energy industry sectors.

They are much needed in the sustainability workplace and this includes Alaska and its energy projects. As Alaska continues to move toward alternative fuels and energies in the 21st century, many of these jobs will open in the state as the result of natural gas drilling and transport. Related materials include:

Sustainability Issues

Alaska National Wildlife Refuge or ANWR is near the Brooks Range in the northeast portion of Alaska and comprises over 50% of the total state. Oil deposits are present, but drilling may disrupt natural habitats. First Nations of the Yukon Territory are particularly concerned, because either caribou herds travel to ANWR to give birth annually and may be disrupted and die..

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Alaska:
Alaska, USA

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Brooks Mountain Range, Alaska:
Brooks Range

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C
Alaskan National Wildlife Reserve, Alaska:
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA

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Tour of North Slopes Oil and ANWR 1982 - 2008

Indigenous Inupiat Fenton Rexford promotes ANWR Drilling

The Environment of Alaska

Alaska is a beautiful state that has succumbed to climate warming on its northern shores to the point that Alaskan Natives are moving at least 50 miles inland in search of higher ground and other food sources.

The sea life that has supported them has begun to migrate away.

In the 21st Century, Alaska government officials hope to turn the state toward cleaner sustainable energy sources for the good of these Indigenous, but also for that of non-indigenous peoples in Alaska, and to contribute to energy production for the nation.

The sea pack-ice has melted in the waters off the Alaskan North Slope to an excessive extent and flooded the shorelines of small communities of Native Americans, driving them back. The wildlife upon which they depend for food and commerce have become less plentiful because they have

  1. died because of rising temperatures and loss of ice, and/or
  2. migrated to other waters.

The Indigenous People are uprooting their houses, families, schools, agricultural animals and so forth for this long journey inland. They are migrating once again, just as their ancestors did around 10,000 - 12,000 years ago, when they first walked into Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis | Source

Employment Projections for Alaska

The fastest-growing jobs in Alaska projected to 2020 are presented in the Hub, Top 20 Jobs in Alaska, mentioned above and in the listing below:

Top 10 Hot Jobs in Alaska to 2020

  1. Nurses, Nurse-Managers, and Healthcare Assistants: Home Health Aides, Medical & Dental Assistants
  2. Managers and Executives of Companies and Enterprises
  3. Mining, Oil & Gas jobs, including various Engineers
  4. Professional and Science Services; Health, Legal, Other
  5. Health and Safety Engineers; Computer Software Applications Engineers
  6. Transportation (Trucking) and Warehousing
  7. Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services - This has become a High Demand Occupation as well, offering higher wages.
  8. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics - This has also become a High Demand occupational group offering higher wages.
  9. Retail Sales and related job
  10. Arts, Entertainment and Related - Bartenders, especially on cruise ships; Gaming Services Workers

Major employers hiring the most workers in Alaska include Providence Health, CTG Health, University of Alaska, and Native Tribal Health Services. In the Energy Industry specifically, workers are in high demand at BD Select and Ukpeagvik Inupiat.

Pipeline Map - Through Alaska and a Branch to Valdez

(public domain)
(public domain)

Leading Industries Through 2028

The entries in bold print indicate clusters that serve sustainability and the environment.

  1. Health & Social Services: Community Care Facilities for the Elderly, Nursing/Residential Care, Other Ambulatory Health Care
  2. Financial Investment & Related Activity
  3. Heavy & Civil Engineering Construction
  4. Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  5. Beverage & Tobacco Product Manufacturing
  6. Mining, Oil & Gas, Geothermal Energy
  7. Building Material & Garden Supply Stores - Including sustainable materials.
  8. Outpatient Care Centers
  9. Repair and Maintenance
  10. Architectural and Engineering Services

Education & Training for Sustainability Jobs

Sustainability and new green jobs comprise one combined focus of the interests of First Gentleman Todd Palin during the Governorship of Sarah Palin in Alaska.

Having worked in two major industries of the state - oil and fishing - Mr. Palin, part Inuit in heritage, stated that his major concern is with workforce development in his state, particularly via sustainability.

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Alaska Dalton Highway: Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay

New Jobs: Alaska Highway Pipeline 2016 - 2018

In August 2008 TransCanada Corporation won its bid for constructing the $26-billion Alaska Highway Pipeline for natural gas. After this, the company had to pursue US. federal permits for pipeline construction to begin in 2016.

First Nations indigenous tribes, some of which are in land disputes along the Alaska Highway and surrounding regions, are set to benefit financially from this project. For careers, see WORKING FOR TRANSCANADA. This company has several offices in the USA and Canada.

BP PLC and ConocoPhillips are two other companies that bid together in a partnership are a competing pipeline project named Denali, but were not been endorsed by the Alaska government and the Current Governor.

An ongoing debate about ANWAR energy oil drilling also has not subsided.

Route of the Alaska Highway Pipeline

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Fairbanks, Alaska:
Fairbanks, AK, USA

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Prudhoe Bay, Alaska:
Prudhoe Bay, AK, USA

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Dalton Highway 2008

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

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

      And there should be even more growth in the future. Energy companies are more frequently reforesting areas that they may have brutally strip mined or logged to the ground. Some Oil & Gas companies are also planting trees, building rain gardens, and putting up wind turbines and solar panels. It is all a slow process, but it may make a difference.

    • sanasiddiqui profile image

      sanasiddiqui 

      3 years ago

      Thanks for such a great article. Environmental field is very demanding & provide options for growth.

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      Haydee Anderson 

      10 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      very nice hub with lots of information.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

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

      That's a real incentive to go work up in Alaska, strytellersrus. Thank you very much for that link that adds more information,

      MrMarmalade - That all makes sense to me. I am going to read more about that phenomenon in Australia now. Thank you for visiting; it's always a pleasure to have you drop in.

    • MrMarmalade profile image

      MrMarmalade 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      I notive in australia the two richest statedare those with rich mineral deposits are the ones that thrive.

      it appears that hapeens in the USA

      Thanks for some solid information

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      Barbara 

      10 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      There's an interesting article in tomorrow's US World & News Report discussing the pipelines, potential problems and possible outcomes at http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/campaign-2008/...

      If the pipeline is built by the State of Alaska, then anyone going up there to work would also benefit from the annual energy payout, as Alaskans revenue share. This year Palen was able to increase the payout to $3200 per person. This means a family of four automatically gets $12,800 this year simply for living and working in the state.

      Thanks, Patty. My husband is also in the energy business.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

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

      Hi meteoboy, thanks for visiting!

      Julia - The good attorneys of this land can do much good in this type of project. I'm so glad you visited here!

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      julia ward 

      10 years ago from Florida

      This is such a great article. Am going to forward it to my son who is going to become an attorney. Maybe he can use his powers for good!

      blessings,

      julia

      julia ward - a BLINDING heart - a writer's blog - www.ablindingheart.com

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      meteoboy 

      10 years ago from GREECE

      EXCELLENT!!!! THANKS. GREETINGS FROM GREECE.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

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

      Thanks very much. I am intersted in how the new pipeline plays out.

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      Susan Keeping 

      10 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Great information and very well researched. Thanks :)

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