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

  Average 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.


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 24.9213.6416.68 21.2727.9336.62
Alaska 26.8120.8223.83 26.3928.7630.28
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 27.2322.0324.58 26.6728.7530.06
Southeast Region 25.1720.1221.71 24.6527.8129.70
Balance of State 27.9622.5725.05 27.1929.3339.29

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
246144 58.523.9 18.3
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation34
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation17
UI claimants previously working in occupation55
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 206
Number of job position postings 11
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 18.7

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

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

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

 Degree
Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Confined Space Entry
Confined Space Rescue

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

 Degree
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

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

 Degree
Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
Mining Safety and Health

 Degree
Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Applied Technology AAS

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

 Degree
Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Procedures Certificate

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

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

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

 Degree
Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry Certificate

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

 Degree
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