Helpers--Extraction Workers (47-5081)

Occupation description:  Help extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers, blasters and explosives workers, derrick operators, and mining machine operators, by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying equipment or cleaning work area. Apprentice workers are classified with the appropriate skilled construction trade occupation (47-2011 through 47-2231).

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 235205 -12.80 33
United States 25,80029,000 12.6320 300620

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 17.8711.6113.84 17.2121.5224.62
Alaska 25.6814.4418.25 26.9131.9637.00
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 15.4812.6713.53 14.9717.3718.94
Balance of State 27.8716.1924.44 28.8033.5837.67

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
20563 30.79.7 4.5
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation132
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation6
UI claimants previously working in occupation82
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 159
Number of job position postings 200
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 0.8

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

 Degree
Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Confined Space Entry
Confined Space Rescue
Cook Inlet Training Standards/24 Hour Hazwoper
Cook Inlet Training Standards/Hazwoper Refresher
Petroleum Chemical Health and Safety
Petroleum Chemical Health and Safety Refresher

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

 Degree
Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Hydrogen Sulfide - H2S
Permit Required Confined Space Entry - S01
Permit Required Confined Space Entry and Fire Watch - S01a
Permit Required Confined Space Rescue - S02
Petroleum Technician - ER06
Petroleum Workers Safety and Health - S05
Unescorted Module - NSTC01

 Degree
Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry (OSHA and NSTC Offered)
Confined Space Rescue (OSHA)
Cook Inlet Training Standards & Industrial Safety (CITS) Certificate
North Slope Training Cooperative (NSTC) Unescorted with/without H2S Certificate

 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
NSTC 6 PACK & H2S Module Certificate

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Industrial Safety, Level 1 Endorsement

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
NSTC 2014 ASH Update / 003
NSTC Confined Space Entry / 004
NSTC Energy Isolation / 005
NSTC Fall Protection / 006
NSTC Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Module/002
NSTC Respiratory Protection /007
NSTC Unescorted/001
PEC Premier Basic Orientation / 051
PEC Premier Core Compliance / 052

 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
North Slope Training Consortium (NTSC)