Paralegals and Legal Assistants (23-2011)

Occupation description:  Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action. Excludes Legal Secretaries (43-6012).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 528481 -8.90 1111
United States 279,500300,800 7.62,120 6,1408,270

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 25.5714.9418.38 23.8030.6038.59
Alaska 32.1921.0625.03 29.8536.3852.71
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 33.0921.0425.32 30.1837.6655.27
Fairbanks North Star Borough 27.4119.7622.24 27.0532.3036.03
Southeast Region 30.4124.2026.36 29.2734.0038.45
Balance of State 30.5921.3324.01 29.4936.7642.27

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
56638 6.750.3 39.5
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation80
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation30
UI claimants previously working in occupation36
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 424
Number of job position postings 32
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 13.2

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Associate's degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Paralegal Studies AAS
Paralegal Studies Certificate

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Legal Nurse Consultant Para CT1
Paralegal Studies AAS
Paralegal Studies CT2
Paralegal Studies PBCT

University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Paralegal Studies AAS