Try to get a job before you get here. Alaska housing and food costs can eat
through savings quickly.
classified ads and the state employment service can help. This link
won't help you find a job, however it will give you a gauge as to what you'll
need to earn if you wish to have the same standard of living you're currently
According to Alaska's Division of Employment Security
Exercise caution when you see books or ads that guarantee "big money jobs"
in Alaska. Many simply offer names of companies and require you to find
your own job. The information provided is often inaccurate. Companies
outside Alaska calling themselves the Alaska Employment Service (or
something similar) and offering employment services for a fee are not
associated with the State of Alaska, Department of Labor and Workforce
Development, Employment Services Program.
Before you come to Alaska:
You should have a round trip ticket and cash or credit card resources
($2,000 for temporary and $3,000 for permanent work) to live on while
looking for work. Many who arrived short of cash encountered serious
hardship and shattered dreams. Public assistance programs cannot be
counted on by persons relocating to Alaska without adequate funds.
Homesteading is not available now. The climate and unpredictable summer
weather generally discourage camper or tent living for extended periods.
You cannot travel through Canada without showing customs officials cash
and/or credit cards that are good in Canada.
Several sites on the Internet
list job openings. Read the classified ads in
the Anchorage Daily
News and Juneau
Empire. Check out America's
Job Bank. A few shortage occupations with
the State of
Alaska are open to applicants from out of
state. If you find a job vacancy to your liking,
negotiate with the employer via phone, e-mail
or fax, and you may land a solid job offer before
coming to Alaska.
A great deal more information is offered on the
ADES page at
Good luck with your new career! :o)