The maritime industry includes seafood harvesters, processors, marine occupations, support jobs and research, enhancement and management.
Maritime industry groups, along with five state agencies and the University of Alaska, worked together for two years to develop a strategic plan to support this critical workforce.
The Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan identifies 23 priority occupations across four maritime sub-sectors. It includes strategies to create a seamless workforce development system to prepare Alaskans for these opportunities.
The top occupations are:
Commercial harvesters: 10,000 permit holders, 21,800 crewmembers
Seafood processors: 25,000 employees, 300 firms
Alaska Department of Fish & Game: 1,700 employees
Alaska Marine Highway System: 1,300 employees
U.S. Coast Guard: 2,000 members stationed in Alaska
Saltchuk (owns Totem, Foss, and other companies): 1,200 employees in Alaska
Polar tankers: 260 employees
Fish hatcheries: 250 employees
Vigor Industrial (operating Alaska Ship and Drydock): 200 employees
North Star Terminal and Stevedoring: 500 employees
SeaRiver Maritime (operates tankers for Exxon Mobil) 100 employees
Pilotage companies: Three firms employ 120 employees
Dockworkers: 400 longshoremen
Other maritime employers, including Horizon Lines, American President Line, Crowley, Foss, Cook Inlet Tug & Barge, Brice Marine, and many small oil, gas, and transportation companies employ and estimated 500 to 1,000 employees.
The report is chock-full of opportunities for the enterprising. For example, it said, “NOAA has particular need for fishery management specialists in Juneau, Anchorage, Kodiak, and Dutch Harbor.”
The report said, “The maritime sector represents Alaska’s largest private employer and is a significant economic force in the state... However, maritime employers note that the number of Alaskans who have the necessary skills to fill these positions is too low to meet the demand. An aging or “graying” workforce was identified by
The plan can be downloaded or read online at Labor.Alaska.Gov/MaritimePlan