Nicknamed "The Last Frontier," Alaska is America’s 49th state and the largest in land area. Its strong economic sectors include the federal government, the military, mineral extraction, oil and gas, and seafood. The tourism industry also continues to grow each year thanks to Alaska’s abundance of beautiful natural resources, such as Glacier Bay (pictured above). Here is some background on eight major employers in Alaska:
Providence Health & Services
With a long history in Alaska that dates to 1902, Providence Health & Services is the state’s leading healthcare provider and serves the cities of Anchorage, Eagle, Kodiak Mat-Su, Seward and Valdez. More than 4,000 full-time employees work for Providence Health throughout Alaska.
Carrs-Safeway Alaska Division
A subsidiary of Albertsons, Carrs-Safeway is a supermarket chain based in Anchorage and features more than 20 large stores scattered throughout Alaska. Every Carrs-Safeway is equipped with a bakery, dairy department, delicatessen, fuel islands, liquor section, flower department, a Starbucks store and Western Union offices.
Known for its one-stop-shopping, Fred Meyer is a chain of superstores with venues across Alaska, as well as Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Besides groceries, under one roof at Fred Meyer stores are clothing, electronics, fine jewelry, home décor, home improvement items, a garden center, shoes, sporting goods and toys.
More than 3,000 employees work at the Walmart and Sam’s Club stores throughout Alaska. An interesting item available to statewide shoppers is fresh-caught Alaskan wild salmon filets, while all stores also feature a bakery, café, optical center, tire store and pharmacy.
Founded in the mid-1970s, Trident Seafoods has become one of the largest seafood companies in North America. Their fish are known for an abundance of healthy protein, and the company takes pride in its oceanic sustainability practices. Trident’s products include cod, Pollock, sockeye salmon, tilapia and whitefish.
More than 1,000 employees work for Alaska Airlines at the company’s Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport hub, and today the airline offers flights to more than 100 destinations in the U.S. as well as Mexico. J.D. Power & Associates ranks Alaska Airlines among the best in the world for customer satisfaction.
ASRC Energy Services
Owned by more than 13,000 Inupiat Eskimo shareholders, ASRC Energy Services specializes in the engineering and construction of petroleum gasoline pipelines built in North America and abroad. The company also provides drilling support advice and maintenance services once a pipeline is up and running.
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
Located in Bethel, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is a tribal-run organization overseeing a variety of healthcare services that help 58 rural communities in southwest Alaska. The YKHC system includes a regional hospital, community clinics, dental offices, mental health services, substance abuse treatment centers and disease prevention programs.