Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas (47-5021)

Occupation description:  Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.

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

  Employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 167161 -3.60 44
United States 20,00022,700 13.6270 450720

Job outlook

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

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 24.6414.1716.93 21.3327.8436.48
Alaska 26.2820.4323.41 26.6729.2730.78
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 26.9021.0623.76 26.7829.2630.98
Balance of State 25.8818.7823.75 26.9729.3130.72

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
255149 58.425.9 17.2
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation40
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation20
UI claimants previously working in occupation65
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 224
Number of job position postings 26
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 8.6

Alaska Licensing Information

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

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

Training Resources

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry
Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors

Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust   (Palmer)
Heavy Equipment Operator

Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Confined Space Entry (8 Hours)
Confined Space Rescue (16 Hours)

Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
Mining Safety and Health Administration

Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Permit Required Confined Space Entry - S01
Permit Required Confined Space Entry and Fire Watch - S01a
Permit Required Confined Space Rescue - S02

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry (OSHA and NSTC Offered)
Confined Space Rescue (OSHA)

Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
Mining Safety and Health

Delta Mine Training Center   (Delta Junction)
Health, Safety, and Environmental Training
Surface Mine Training
Underground Mine Training

Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Procedures Certificate

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
CDL/Heavy Truck Operations Endorsement
Heavy Equipment Operations Endorsement

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Confined Space Entry/011
Construction Equipment Training 240 Hours HE204 CDL
Construction Equipment Training/Pro Truck Driver/COMBO503 CDL
Elite Combo/COMBO507 Cer/CDL

Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Heavy Equipment Operator and Mechanic

Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry Certificate

Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Heavy Equipment Operator Training Certificate

University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
Confined Space Entry
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Surface New Miner
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Surface Refresher
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Underground New Miner
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Underground Refresher
PC Well Intervention Supervisory Level
Well Control Drilling Level Surface Stack
Well Control Introductory Level Surface Stack
Well Control Supervisory Level Surface Stack
Well Control Supervisory Level Surface/Subsea