There is a huge impetus by the state to try to ensure many of the soon-to-be-produced jobs on the pipeline to Alaskans, and as many Alaskans as possible. Alaska is preparing as we speak, but putting job training programs in place and ensuring that the gas contract recognizes the importance of putting Alaskans first for pipeline jobs.
During peak construction, the pipeline will employ over 9,300 people in total. This is in both direct construction work and indirect jobs (cleaning, cooking, other functions basically). Alaskans will be trained to fill these jobs, but – 9,300 is a big number. And if history shows us anything, the vast shortage of labor when TAPS was built in the ’70s gives a glimpse of how things will follow in the future.
Regardless of how well-trained Alaskans become, the demand for workers on the proposed pipeline project will be huge – make no mistake, positions will be open. And workers skilled in the oil and gas industry, or with education pertaining to that type of work, will be in serious demand. From everywhere.