Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters (47-5031)

Occupation description:  Place and detonate explosives to demolish structures or to loosen, remove, or displace earth, rock, or other materials. May perform specialized handling, storage, and accounting procedures. Includes seismograph shooters. Excludes Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas (47-5021) who may also work with explosives.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 6770 4.50 12
United States 8,1008,400 3.930 160190

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 26.2416.6520.00 25.0832.2637.82

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
5522 40.048.6 37.8
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation16
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation7
UI claimants previously working in occupation9
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 68
Number of job position postings 3
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 22.7

Alaska Licensing Information

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

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: Less than 5 years On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry

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

 Degree
Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Procedures Certificate

 Degree
Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry 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