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What are Job Opportunities in Alaska?

Visiting Alaska might be a good way to get an idea of job opportunities there.
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Alaska as a place to live has a magnetic draw for many people. Thousands of miles of open space, fantastic scenery and changing seasons make Alaska a number one tourist spot. Many people are on the lookout for job opportunities in Alaska for all of these reasons. Careful research is necessary when considering job opportunities in Alaska.

For many people, the Internet is the first place to gather information on job opportunities in Alaska. There are many websites that offer job opportunities in Alaska. However, once you have paid for the information advertised, you might end up with nothing more than a list of Alaskan companies.

A great deal of these Internet companies offer information on extremely highly paid job opportunities in Alaska. They boast of big money to be made in the fishing industry, which is one of the most highly paid jobs. However, Alaska itself has more than enough people to fill these jobs.

One of the best ways to acquaint yourself with Alaska is to go there on vacation. While there, you can familiarize yourself with the surroundings and scope out job opportunities. There are job opportunities in Alaska for those who live out of state, and many of these are seasonal occupational employment.

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Alaska is a huge tourist destination. Seasonal occupations, such as working in hotels or recreational resorts, are a growth industry. Other seasonal job opportunities in Alaska include seafood processing jobs and the transportation sector. There is also a great demand for people with teaching qualifications, especially in rural areas.

Another good way to find job opportunities in Alaska is to check vacancies in Alaskan newspapers. You can usually find the newspaper's website with a classified section for jobs on the Internet. Also, library resources are an excellent way to find information on employment in different sections of the world.

If you come to Alaska specifically looking for employment, there are a number of rules set out for your own safety. Requirements for job seekers include a round trip ticket and at least 2,000 to 3,000 US dollars (USD). You should have at least 2,000 USD if seeking temporary work and 3,000 USD if looking for a permanent job. You will not be allowed to travel through Canada to Alaska without showing customs proof of these requirements.

You should also be aware that cities such as Anchorage and Fairbanks in Alaska are ranked in the top ten most expensive places to live. Unemployment in Anchorage is above the national average, and employment growth rate is slow. It may be a safer bet to try seasonal work first in the hope it leads to permanent employment.

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