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RELATIVE POPULARITY

Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Alaska Than Elsewhere

Whether you're looking for a career to pursue, or just want to get a feel for occupations in the state, the table below should be helpful. And we haven't seen anything like it from anyone else.

This table tells us which jobs are more common in Alaska, relative to the state population, compared to their popularity in every other US state. A Local Popularity Index of 1.0 matches the average across all US states; higher and lower numbers indicate the job is proportionally more or less popular here.

RankJobMean Local Salary .Local Jobs .Local Popularity Index
1Zoologists and wildlife biologists$57,35542045.6
2Geological and petroleum technicians$51,19023030.5
3Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers$152,5401,13029.3
4Material moving workers$37,03591020.2
5Commercial pilots$78,17025014.0
6Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers$95,23038011.6
7Aircraft mechanics and service technicians$51,8151,13010.1
8Petroleum engineers$111,5101509.7
9Counselors$37,3201808.9
10Fire fighters$28,9202,0308.6
11Helpers--extraction workers$47,2801008.5
12Transportation inspectors$69,0801408.0
13Biological scientists$65,5052007.5
14Avionics technicians$53,2451107.3
15Eligibility interviewers, government programs$41,3453205.3
16Demonstrators and product promoters$25,7404605.3
17Natural sciences managers$82,1202404.9
18Biological technicians$31,6403004.3
19Cargo and freight agents$35,5603404.1
20Environmental scientists and specialists, including health$56,0853804.0
21Surveyors$56,1352703.9
22Engineering technicians, except drafters$50,2152903.9
23Life, physical, and social science technicians$48,2602403.8
24Protective service workers$38,1656903.8
25Office and administrative support workers$30,3551,3803.7
26Engineers$64,8606303.7
27Personal and home care aides$26,3302,3703.5
28Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines$55,0305103.5
29Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks$32,8655903.4
30Radio and television announcers$34,3601303.4
31Media and communication workers$38,1901003.3
32Environmental science and protection technicians, including health$34,4151103.3
33Healthcare practitioners and technical workers$41,4801703.3
34Court, municipal, and license clerks$35,9702903.2
35Lodging managers$40,6701003.1
36Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators$54,8501,4103.1
37Social and community service managers$42,8454603.0
38Tax preparers$32,0001603.0
39Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers$54,7201002.9
40Psychiatric aides$34,2901402.9
41Administrative services managers$52,0209702.8
42Managers$68,1351,3002.7
43Social workers$41,7501902.7
44Social scientists and related workers$64,7301002.7
45All other information and record clerks$42,3201,0802.7
46Installation, maintenance, and repair workers$46,7004402.6
47Construction managers$87,1606802.5
48Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks$19,5856102.4
49Law clerks$47,9301202.4
50Travel agents$26,6702902.4
51Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists$44,7801702.4
52Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop$18,1051,5902.3
53Civil engineers$75,3657702.3
54Legal support workers$52,7801802.3
55Surveying and mapping technicians$43,6501802.3
56Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation$54,3305002.2
57Instructional coordinators$45,3003102.2
58General and operations managers$74,7355,0502.2
59Procurement clerks$39,6352002.1
60Civil engineering technicians$53,0202502.1
61Baggage porters and bellhops$19,6201302.1
62Rehabilitation counselors$32,8702702.1
63Transportation, storage, and distribution managers$74,7952402.1
64Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers$51,5604102.1
65Chefs and head cooks$34,1253202.1
66Motor vehicle operators$46,0001702.1
67Structural iron and steel workers$55,7501502.1
68Chief executives$107,3609102.0
69Medical records and health information technicians$32,3704302.0
70Property, real estate, and community association managers(varies)4402.0
71Budget analysts$59,5151402.0
72Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors$32,0305001.9
73Bartenders$23,9251,2201.9
74Electrical power-line installers and repairers$61,5801501.8
75Food service managers$32,4704801.8
76Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters$59,4551,0501.8
77Postal service clerks$48,9601801.8
78Architectural and civil drafters$45,9302501.8
79Loan interviewers and clerks$32,9654301.7
80Sales managers$65,4958001.7
81Architects, except landscape and naval$74,0452401.7
82Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers$48,3403301.7
83Paralegals and legal assistants$46,8805201.7
84Counter and rental clerks$22,2001,0101.6
85Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers$21,8801801.6
86Bus drivers, transit and intercity$29,8802401.6
87Human resources managers$79,7301301.6
88Engineering managers$103,0304101.6
89Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance$40,0903601.5
90First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives$76,6151401.5
91Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers$30,3803201.5
92Cleaners of vehicles and equipment$22,3107001.5
93Vocational education teachers, postsecondary$49,4101601.5
94Carpenters$56,9551,8901.5
95Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists$47,3854801.5
96Production, planning, and expediting clerks$41,9105601.4
97Financial specialists$52,0602201.4
98Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists$58,2901901.4
99Educational, vocational, and school counselors$51,5503901.4
100Tire repairers and changers$23,6001501.4

ABSOLUTE POPULARITY

The Most Common Jobs in Alaska

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Alaska are unusually common compared to other states, the table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state.

RankJob Local Jobs .Mean Local Salary .Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons6,810$27,5651.1
2General and operations managers5,050$74,7352.2
3Office clerks, general4,720$30,3701.1
4Cashiers4,510$21,5451.0
5Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners3,760$26,5051.3
6Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food3,300$17,8501.1
7Registered nurses3,030$63,1001.0
8Waiters and waitresses2,610$21,0850.8
9Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand2,540$28,4150.8
10Stock clerks and order fillers2,430$30,0251.1
11Executive secretaries and administrative assistants2,380$35,3451.2
12Personal and home care aides2,370$26,3303.5
13Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks2,370$36,7101.0
14First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers2,280$49,5051.2
15Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer2,180$45,0801.1
16Receptionists and information clerks2,100$27,6201.4
17Fire fighters2,030$28,9208.6
18Carpenters1,890$56,9551.5
19Maintenance and repair workers, general1,860$39,6451.1
20Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive1,850$34,4500.8
21Customer service representatives1,830$33,0100.6
22Business operations specialists1,750$65,7101.3
23Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop1,590$18,1052.3
24Construction laborers1,590$43,2401.2
25Security guards1,560$25,6151.0
26Maids and housekeeping cleaners1,550$20,1051.3
27Truck drivers, light or delivery services1,470$31,6201.1
28First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers1,440$37,1401.0
29Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products1,430$45,3650.7
30Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators1,410$54,8503.1
31Office and administrative support workers1,380$30,3553.7
32Managers1,300$68,1352.7
33Cooks, restaurant1,250$24,3801.1
34Bartenders1,220$23,9251.9
35Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks1,210$32,1251.2
36Electricians1,160$59,0001.4
37Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers1,130$152,54029.3
38Aircraft mechanics and service technicians1,130$51,81510.1
39Food preparation workers1,120$22,3800.9
40All other information and record clerks1,080$42,3202.7
41Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters1,050$59,4551.8
42Packers and packagers, hand1,030$24,0250.9
43Counter and rental clerks1,010$22,2001.6
44Home health aides1,010$25,1401.2
45Accountants and auditors990$53,2950.6
46Automotive service technicians and mechanics980$44,2501.1
47Administrative services managers970$52,0202.8
48Dishwashers920$18,8801.4
49Material moving workers910$37,03520.2
50Chief executives910$107,3602.0
51First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers900$73,3201.2
52Financial managers860$71,7251.3
53Child care workers830$20,0951.1
54Sales managers800$65,4951.7
55Civil engineers770$75,3652.3
56Lawyers770$93,6401.0
57Landscaping and groundskeeping workers720$26,5700.6
58Cleaners of vehicles and equipment700$22,3101.5
59Billing and posting clerks and machine operators700$32,9801.0
60Protective service workers690$38,1653.8
61Construction managers680$87,1602.5
62First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers680$63,8551.1
63Engineers630$64,8603.7
64First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers630$29,5550.6
65Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks610$19,5852.4
66Driver/sales workers600$28,3401.1
67Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks590$32,8653.4
68Computer systems analysts590$73,7550.8
69Production, planning, and expediting clerks560$41,9101.4
70Preschool teachers, except special education550$23,0851.2
71Computer support specialists550$46,5500.8
72Bus drivers, school530(varies)1.0
73Paralegals and legal assistants520$46,8801.7
74Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines510$55,0303.5
75Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation500$54,3302.2
76Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors500$32,0301.9
77Dental assistants500$34,9301.3
78Tellers500$24,4050.7
79Food service managers480$32,4701.8
80Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists480$47,3851.5
81Bill and account collectors480$34,1800.8
82Demonstrators and product promoters460$25,7405.3
83Social and community service managers460$42,8453.0
84Cooks, institution and cafeteria450$29,4451.0
85Installation, maintenance, and repair workers440$46,7002.6
86Property, real estate, and community association managers440(varies)2.0
87Insurance sales agents440$48,9201.1
88Medical records and health information technicians430$32,3702.0
89Loan interviewers and clerks430$32,9651.7
90Medical assistants430$32,8150.8
91Sales representatives, services430$41,1100.7
92Zoologists and wildlife biologists420$57,35545.6
93Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers410$51,5602.1
94Engineering managers410$103,0301.6
95Computer and information systems managers410$77,1101.1
96Medical secretaries400$29,5450.9
97Postal service mail carriers400$47,9400.9
98Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop400$20,0350.9
99Management analysts400$65,1550.6
100Educational, vocational, and school counselors390$51,5501.4

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