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Old 12-19-2014, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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It's a little bigger than a very small town though.
I was going to dispute that point as well but figured I'd let it slide... Fairbanks is a big, gross city to me, but hey... to each his own, right??

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Old 12-19-2014, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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It's a little bigger than a very small town though.
Only if you've never been anywhere else.
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Old 12-19-2014, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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Only if you've never been anywhere else.
I've been all over the world and I've lived all over the country. I still think Fairbanks is a big gross city.
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Old 12-19-2014, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Fairbanks is not really a big city compared to big cities in the lower-48. However, it is the second largest city in Alaska.

That said, Fairbanks is much like a very large and spread-out neighborhood. You have to consider that Alaska has around 700,000+ residents, most of which are concentrated in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau. By comparison, Sacramento, CA has over 1-million residents.

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Old 12-20-2014, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Forgot to mention that the city of Fairbanks is relatively small, but the North Start Borough includes Fairbanks, North Pole, Ester, Fox, Chatanika, Two Rivers, Salcha, and the rest of surrounding towns, Army post, and AF base. A lot of people don't realize that what is really large by AK standards is the borough, not Fairbanks.

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Old 12-20-2014, 12:46 AM
 
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By comparison Miami-Dade County, Fl has 2.5 million and New York has a whole lot more than that.
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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By comparison Miami-Dade County, Fl has 2.5 million and New York has a whole lot more than that.
Very true. Manhattan alone is over 1.5 million, and there are four more boroughs to count. Brooklyn is over 2.5 million.

I certainly don't miss big cities anymore.
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:10 AM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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There are a handful of career fields in Alaska where it's comparatively easy to land living-wage jobs and you have a lot choices as to where to live. Health care, teaching, heavy equipment operation...I don't know anyone with a reasonably clean record and good welding skills who's wanting for work, either. UAF's community college offers a ton of certifications. If you can get a CDL there's a lot you can do with that, too, and sometimes places looking for drivers will train. There are also a number of mining corps in the Interior who are always looking for sober and reliable people.

Fort Greely by Delta just got a bunch of money thrown at it - you might watch for hiring opportunities there. It's not just the defense contracting jobs - more personnel and activity on post means more support jobs as well. In that line, get with the careers offices on JBER, Eielson and Greely if you haven't already.

UAF pays well-ish, better than you're getting now, anyway, and requires a large staff to keep the campus and various extensions up and running. Keep an eye on their job postings.

In the meantime, odd jobs can be a good way to bring in extra cash. Move-out cleaning, snow clearing, wood cutting, dog sitting...lots of things in that vein. There are a bunch of local Facebook groups where you could potentially drum up interest.

Get out and meet people, and let it be known that you're looking for good work. This is a very word-of-mouth region and knowing a guy who knows a guy is often a good way to get first dibs on various short and long term jobs.

There's a boom in tourism jobs in the summer, and most of them are comparatively well-paying for entry level positions; it's a good time to pick up extra money and sock it away for the winter.

Interior is a tough region to live in, but there are a lot of opportunities, too. Good luck!
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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There are a handful of career fields in Alaska where it's comparatively easy to land living-wage jobs and you have a lot choices as to where to live. Health care, teaching, heavy equipment operation...I don't know anyone with a reasonably clean record and good welding skills who's wanting for work, either. UAF's community college offers a ton of certifications. If you can get a CDL there's a lot you can do with that, too, and sometimes places looking for drivers will train. There are also a number of mining corps in the Interior who are always looking for sober and reliable people.

Fort Greely by Delta just got a bunch of money thrown at it - you might watch for hiring opportunities there. It's not just the defense contracting jobs - more personnel and activity on post means more support jobs as well. In that line, get with the careers offices on JBER, Eielson and Greely if you haven't already.

UAF pays well-ish, better than you're getting now, anyway, and requires a large staff to keep the campus and various extensions up and running. Keep an eye on their job postings.

In the meantime, odd jobs can be a good way to bring in extra cash. Move-out cleaning, snow clearing, wood cutting, dog sitting...lots of things in that vein. There are a bunch of local Facebook groups where you could potentially drum up interest.

Interior is a tough region to live in, but there are a lot of opportunities, too. Good luck!
While I agree with you, keep in mind that the State of AK's budget is in the red now, which means that more than likely layoffs will start happening with State workers (schools, university, DOT, etc.). There has been a hiring freeze at UAF and UAA for a few months now. Driving trucks is a possibility, but it's getting more difficult for Class A drivers with new Homeland Security restrictions. Now to drive a commercial truck you must also have a medical card in addition to CDL, and tons of people have CDLs in Alaska. I got my Class A when retiring from the military, but already dropped the Hazmat portion of it.
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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I grew up in Fairbanks, and still have family there. But thanks for the great example of reverse peristalsis.
So the City of Fairbanks has a popultion of 33,000 and the Fairbanks Northstar Borough's population is over 100,000. I'm glad you grew up there but it seems to have grown a bit since 1930. I'd say that any city that has an international airport with jet serivce directly to the lower 48 qualifies it for more then "small" city status.
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