Job Market for Alaska's College Grads Promising


by Your Alaska Link News Team

ANCHORAGE-In a little more than a week thousands of college graduates in the last frontier will leave their school days behind. One study says the market for new grads is weak.  However, staff with the University of Alaska-Anchorage says that may be true for the lower 48, but not for grads in Alaska.

"it's possible to find jobs, they're definitely out there. Specifically with this school year," said Danica Bryant, workforce and career development coordinator at UAA's career services center.

The career center says some work fields are doing better than others. No surprise, health care and education jobs are plentiful. The most popular majors are business, construction and engineering. All jobs that can be done across the state.

The university is also adapting it's programs to foster some new changes for this economy with the creation of a certificate program in retail management.

Staff says for most college grads, the expectation of tenured pay at an entry level job is un realistIc "they realize overall they may not make huge money but if they're excited or passionate about it they're going to be happier,"said Nicole Elder, office manager at the career services center.

The center says its job bank has more than one thousand current openings looking to higher the next best candidate.


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