Alaska’s Health Care Industry

Alaska’s health care industry has grown steadily during the past 20 years and that trend is expected to continue. Even in Alaska’s smallest rural communities, where jobs are often scarce, health care offers year-round employment opportunities. In 2010, the industry provided 31,800 jobs and had a payroll of $1.53 billion.

As baby boomers turn 65, Alaska will have more senior citizens than at any other time in history. If current projections are accurate, there could be 124,857 people ages 65 and older by 2034. With a major customer base for health care likely to increase by more than 125 percent, the population growth will most likely equate to continued industry growth. The ongoing expansion of the state’s hospitals and clinics, and the adaptation of new technologies, will also contribute to industry growth.

This Web site was developed in part with federal grant funding by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in cooperation with the Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) and the Alaska Health Care Workforce Coalition.


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Alaska Economic Trends

August 2011

Alaska’s Health Care Industry – Employment and costs continue their rapid rise

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Alaska Economic Trends article titled
Alasks’s Health Care Industry
Health Care’s Employment and Total Wages
Industry Employment for Health Care
Health Care Employment Growth
Where Health Care Jobs Are

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Health Care Employment and Total Wages

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Industry Employment showing nearly one in 10 jobs are in health care

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graph showing employment growth growing from 2001 to 2010

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graph showing where jobs are within the health care industry