INDUSTRY: WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

“I am going to show my students the recent Compass article authored by Commissioner Dianne Blumer regarding the future of Alaska’s oil and gas jobs. I will also show them the oil and gas workforce development plan. We have very capable people working on their GED and both documents prove to them they have a future by staying on track.” --

Donn Liston, MEd – ABE/GED Instructor, Nine Star Education & Employment Services

 


 

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DEVELOPING ALASKA'S OIL AND GAS WORKFORCE

Alaska's oil and gas industry impacts more than 45,000 workers with annual earnings of $2.65 billion. That's mega.

Even better, Alaska's oil and gas industry is growing. With the potential Alaska LNG project and other oil and gas projects in the pipe, Alaska's comeback is now.

Alaskans must be prepared to fulfill the jobs and needs of the industry. That is why the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development enlisted an industry steering group to take us into the future. We invite you to read the plan. >>

Dianne Blumer, Commissioner

 

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QUICK FACTS:
    • The Alaska oil and gas industry -- including exploration, production, and distribution -- employs more than 20,000 workers.

    • More than 7,500 additional workers are needed between 2010-2020 to fill Alaska's oil and gas industry employment gap--including aging workers who plan to retire in near future.

    • There are more than 270 occupations in the oil and gas industry.

    • 46 occupations in oil and gas had workers with an average age of 50 years or older. In total, nearly 32.4% of resident oil and gas workers will retire in the next five to 10 years.

    • The average annual earning for workers in oil and gas in 2011 was over $120,000--that's nearly 2.5 times higher than the state average.

    • 1 in 5 jobs in Alaska requires a bachelor or advanced degree.

    • 60% of jobs in Alaska require more than a high school diploma.

    • Thousands of jobs in Alaska's oil and gas industry are on the horizon--that's why its important we establish a roadmap to prepare Alaskans.

     

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