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Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Program Goals and Emphasis

Alaska has identified four goals directed toward continuously improving the accessibility and quality of Alaska’s career information tools. They are: 1) develop and maintain accurate, current, locally relevant, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate career information; 2) maximize access to career information and encourage career exploration and planning; 3) promote the integration of career information and planning resources into the classroom; and 4) increase the number of Alaskans with access to quality, state-specific career information.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Alaska has seen job growth for 16 consecutive years. Key industries are: oil, gas and minerals; forestry; agriculture; and fishing. Major growth is forecasted in health care and social assistance and in trade. Other bright spots include construction, mining, and industries supported by visitors—including transportation and hospitality. Following government, retail trade is the largest employing sector.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 6.7%, as compared to 6.6% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Construction
• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• The Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS) is the only source of comprehensive, state-specific education and career information in Alaska and is available in most schools. AKCIS links education and employment opportunities, as well as career choice and future earnings.

• Alaska distributed the ACRN-funded parent brochures, and a link to these parent brochures will be added to the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education's (ACPE) parent involvement Web site.

• Alaska distributed a list of best-bet occupations (using the 2002-2012 occupational forecast), outlining those with higher than average earnings, growth and employment opportunity.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Alaska has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS)
• Improved Career Decision-Making in a Changing World
• Parent brochures, linked to the Commission on Postsecondary Education’s (ACPE) parent involvement Web site
• Supply Demand Matrix
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools18
Middle Schools 39
High Schools 53
Community Colleges 0
4-Year Colleges/Universities 5
Other 38

Primary Resources

Alaska has published the following resources:
• Career Development Portfolios
• CIDS Newsletter – Semi Annual
• Improved Career Decision-Making
• Occupational Profiles
• Occupational Table
• State Licensed Occupations Guide

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program does not report any additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

• Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (EED)
• Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Brynn Keith
Project Director
Department of Labor and Workforce Development Research and Analysis Section
P.O. Box 25501
Juneau, AK 99802-5501
Phone: (907) 465-4518
Fax: (907) 465-2101
e-mail: [email protected]
Web Site:
State Administrative Location

Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Regional Contact Information