Telephone Operators (43-2021)

Occupation description:  Provide information by accessing alphabetical, geographical, or other directories. Assist customers with special billing requests, such as charges to a third party and credits or refunds for incorrectly dialed numbers or bad connections. May handle emergency calls and assist children or people with physical disabilities to make telephone calls.

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

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 5460 11.13 48
United States 9,1007,000 -22.6500 600900

Job outlook

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


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 18.4710.8513.23 17.4623.6428.44

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
452 4.413.6 9.1
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation33
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation11
UI claimants previously working in occupation7
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 176
Number of job position postings 11
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 16.0

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

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training