Aviation Job & Career Fair at Stevens Saturday.

Job & Career Fair Combine to Promote Aviation Opportunities

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by Mike Ford

With 47 thousand aviation jobs in Alaska employers are always looking for help. Industry leaders are teaming up to fill those slots.

Ted Stevens International Airport has had many job fairs over the years but this year they are adding a career fair component to get young people excited about aviation careers. The airport along with the FAA, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Facilities are all working together. 18 vendors will be on hand offering close to 400 job opportunities in aviation.

Qualified police and fire officers are always in demand at the airport and according to airport manager John Parrott those are just two of the many jobs available. "I think it's about 15 thousand people that have jobs on and around the airport. 1 in 10 jobs in the Anchorage bowl and so there are a lot of job opportunities out there"

A variety of speakers are scheduled throughout the fair including managers, pilots and military leaders. Organizers are excited to bring aviation as a career path to Alaska's next work force."That's why career fair is so important to me" said Angie Slingluff with FAA Aviation Education. "We bring the message to young people that there are jobs out there for the motivated student and aviation is a great way to get there"

The Alaska Aviation Careers and Airport Job Fair is tomorrow from 10a.m, to 3p.m. in the north terminal at Ted Stevens International.