Alaska Green Jobs Report
This report was funded as part of a United States Department of Labor state labor market information improvement grant. The scope of this grant is to promote economic growth by quantifying jobs and skill sets associated with green jobs throughout Alaska.
Additional Green Jobs Information
- Alaska's Green Occupations- Appendix 3: (Excel) or (PDF)
- Alaska's Green Occupations, State Government- Appendix 4: (Excel) or (PDF)
- Alaska's Green Occupations with Labor Force Indicators: (PDF)
- Employer Survey Data by Occupation: (Excel) or (PDF)
- Green Score by Occupation: (Excel) or (PDF)
- Alaska's Green Employment Estimates by Industry: (Excel) or (PDF)
- Employer Survey Data by Industry Group: (Excel) or (PDF)
- Sample Stratification by Industry: (Excel) or (PDF)
- Survey Sample Statistics and Response Rate: (Excel) or (PDF)
- Definitions of the Seven Green Job Categories (PDF)
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What is a green occupation?
R&A defined a green job as one where workers provided a good or service in at least one of seven categories:
- accounted for 13 percent (639) of all positions
- these jobs were found primarily among employers in utilities and local government
- accounted for 39 percent (1,954) of all positions
- these jobs were found primarily in construction
Greenhouse gas reduction
- accounted for 9 percent (466) of all positions
- these jobs were found primarily within the utilities industry and mostly focused on occupations that were helping the transition to power sources with less carbon pollution
Pollution prevention, reduction, and cleanup
- accounted for 33 percent (1,620) of all positions
- these jobs were found primarily in waste management and remediation
Recycling and waste reduction
- accounted for 32 percent (1,611) of all positions
- these jobs were found primarily within waste management and local government, but this category spanned the largest cross-section of industries
Agricultural and natural resources conservation
- accounted for 26 percent (1,313) of all positions
- these jobs were found primarily in agriculture, and in professional and scientific services
Education, compliance, public awareness, and training
- accounted for 35 percent (1,740) of all positions
- these jobs were found primarily in professional and scientific services
Alaska Green Jobs Report Highlights
Research and Analysis identified 145 green occupations with reported employment in Alaska, representing 1.7 percent of total private and local government employment.
- Green jobs are not an industry of their own; they span all industries where employers pursue more environmentally sustainable concepts.
- The largest concentration of green jobs is in local government.
- Tour guides as an occupation had the largest green employment.
- Most workers in green jobs don’t spend 100 percent of their time producing a green product or service.
- About half of all green jobs require extensive on-the-job training, certification, or special licensing.
|Occupation||Estimated Green Jobs||Percent of All Green Jobs||Green Score1|
|Tour Guides and Escorts||440||8.8%||3|
|Fishers and Related Fishing Workers 2||266||5.3%||4|
|Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health||254||5.1%||4|
|Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists||166||3.3%||7|
|Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health||158||3.2%||8|
|Geological and Petroleum Technicians||144||2.9%||3|
|General and Operations Managers||139||2.8%||1|
|Environmental Engineering Technicians||93||1.9%||2|
|Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining||63||1.3%||1|
|Hazardous Materials Removal Workers||58||1.2%||1|
|First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers||52||1.0%||3|
|First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers||52||1.0%||1|
|Office Clerks, General||51||1.0%||1|
|Power Plant Operators||49||1.0%||1|
|Total for all Occupations||4,973|
1/ The green score for an occupation is generated by taking a weighted average of time spent on green activities within a given occupation. The numbers are indexed between 1 and 10, with 10 representing that 100 percent of the occupation’s work is within a green category, 9 representing 90 percent, and so on.
2/ Excludes most commercial fishermen
Training Providers in Alaska for Green Occupations
The Alaska Training Clearinghouse identifies training available in Alaska, searchable by providers, programs, and occupations.
To view green programs and their providers on the Web site listed above, click on the “Green related occupations, training, or industries” filter on the programs and providers list pages. Below is our current list of green programs:
|Training Provider||Training Program|
|ABC of Alaska||Carpentry|
|Construction Craft Laborer|
|Painting/Painter and Wall Covering|
|Sheet Metal Worker|
|Alaska Joint Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Trust||Wireman|
|Alaska Technical Center||Advanced Commercial Construction|
|Construction Site Development|
|Electrical Systems/Heating Systems|
|Electrical Systems/Heating Systems/Plumbing Systems|
|Plumbing Drain, Waste & Dev|
|Plumbing Supply Systems/pipe|
|Arctic Safety Training and Consulting||Bridge Class, 40-Hour|
|CITS-Cook Inlet Training Standards|
|North Slope Training Cooperative|
|Petrochemical Health and Safety|
|Fairbanks Area Plumber and Pipefitters||Plumbing and Pipefitting|
|Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #23||Journeyman Service Worker|
|Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker|
|Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center||HAZWOPER, 40-Hour|
Videos to learn more about green jobs and industries
- What are Green Jobs? (English) (Spanish)
- Renewable Energy: (English) (Spanish)
- Buildings and Construction: (English) (Spanish)
- Transportation: (English) (Spanish)
- Production: (English) (Spanish)
- Conservation and Education: (English) (Spanish)
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Alaska's Core Green Occupations
In developing the Alaska Career Lattice, we created a list of 71 core green occupations in Alaska to help us analyze worker movement among green jobs. To identify core jobs, we used the original list of 145 green occupations reported in the 2010 employer green jobs survey to identify those with a green score of 2 to 10 (35 occupations). We expanded that list further by matching O*NET's list of new, emerging, and increased demand green occupations with Alaska's 145 occupations that had a green score of 1. These matches resulted in an additional 36 green jobs, for a total of 71.
View Core Green Occupations
Each of these core green occupations are available in the occupational information on our web site. The occupational information includes information on employment and job openings, wages, labor force indicators, training and experience requirements, and training resources in Alaska. In addition you can download an Excel file.