Colleges and Universities in Alaska
Fueled by the popularity of reality shows such as "Deadliest Catch" and "Flying Wild Alaska," the northernmost state in the union has developed a reputation as the perfect locale for rugged adventure seekers. But the state also has urban appeal--Anchorage was named "Where to Live Now" by Men's Health Magazine in 2009--that makes it a good choice for city lovers as well.
Universities in Alaska allow students the opportunity to live in one of America's final frontiers. The state is home to an extensive public university system that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs on nine campuses. In addition, institutions such as the Alaska Bible College, Alaska Pacific University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Wayland Bible College offer four year degrees. Two year programs can also be found at Alaska schools.
The future of jobs in Alaska
Ready to hit the ground running after graduation? Then pick a degree program that will prepare you for a job with one of state's largest employers. According to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Providence Health & Services (an Alaskan health care system that serves five large communities) was the largest private sector employer in 2010. Other top 10 employers included BP Exploration Alaska, Trident Seafoods and NANA Management Services, which works with firms in the hospitality industry.
With top employment occurring in the health care, gas, oil, and tourism industries, Alaska offers graduates a number of sectors in which to look for jobs upon completion of a degree. Careers that fall within those sectors and the mean earned wages associated with workers in the field were, according to 2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Diagnostic medical sonographers: $73,690
- Geological and petroleum technicians: $67,190
- Lodging managers: $66,190
- Petroleum engineers: $157,480
- Registered nurses: $79,350
At more than two times the size of Texas, there is a lot of Alaska just waiting to be explored. Head to the universities in Alaska to start your adventure today.