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Security in Alaska

Igloos, penguins, snow and the midnight sun are typical features brought to mind when Alaska is the topic. The largest state in the USA has much more to offer; however, particularly in the metropolitan south central region of Anchorage where half the population of Alaska resides. Located at the extreme northwest, Alaska is a mainly a peninsula jutting into the Arctic Ocean to the north and the Pacific Ocean on its west and south sides. On the east it borders Canada. Also, Alaska is home to Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States.

Outlook for Security Employment in Alaska
When one thinks about security jobs, security guards and policemen usually are thought of first. A third area of security is known as Transportation Security Screener. These workers are individuals whose efforts in airports and other transportation hubs screen for potential dangers entering or leaving.
Alaska is 7th best for Economic Climate and 3rd best in Job Growth according to Forbes’ list of best states for business. The May 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics Report adds positive facts and figures to the Forbes information for those seeking security employment in Alaska.

Alaska’s 2,100 security guards earn an average of $36,610 making Alaska the second highest paying state for this occupation. The Railbelt/Southwest Alaska employs 610 security guards who earn an average of $45,490 making it the second highest paid nonmetropolitan area in the country.

In the Transportation Security Screeners category Alaska ranks as the third highest state for occupation concentration and the top state for pay at an average of $43,500. Fairbanks is the second highest metropolitan area for concentration of jobs and Anchorage’s annual mean salary of $40,010 makes it the 10th highest paying metropolitan area. Southeast Alaska ranks as the second highest nonmetropolitan area in job concentration and first for top pay with an annual mean salary of $50,130. Fairbanks

Police and Sheriff Officers earn an annual mean salary of $72,240 putting Alaska as the third highest paid state for this occupation. The Railbelt/Southwest region is ranked fifth with a salary of $72,500.

Education and Scholarship Information for Alaska
Depending on the jurisdiction, most police and sheriff officer positions require an advanced education. Opportunities for management positions or advancement with security guard companies and as transportation security screeners will most likely require education beyond high school. Several choices are available to help pay for post-secondary education in Alaska. Some of those choices include Security Choice Scholarship; Kenaitze Indian Tribe – Tribal Scholarship; Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program; National Merit Scholarships; Veterans United Foundation Scholarship and in addition, the Cook Inlet Tribal Council offers several scholarships for qualifying students.

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