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Schools Offering Science Programs in Alaska


Each year, approximately 5.0% of Alaska graduates receive degrees in science. In other words, every year an estimated 436 science professionals graduate from Alaska's 5 science schools.

Top Schools

University of Alaska Fairbanks, which was ranked 41st nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Alaska that has a science program. It is located in Fairbanks. In 2010, 186 students graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks' science program. Tuition at University of Alaska Fairbanks was $5,358 per year.

University of Alaska Anchorage, which is located in Anchorage, is the second-ranked school in Alaska that has a science program. It received a ranking of 44th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 171 students graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage science program. Tuition at University of Alaska Anchorage was $5,186 per year.

The third-ranked school in Alaska that has a science program is Alaska Pacific University. Alaska Pacific University, which was ranked 73rd in the country in 2010, is located in Anchorage. In 2010, 50 students graduated from Alaska Pacific University science program. Tuition at Alaska Pacific University was $26,360 per year.

Cost

If you are hoping to attend one of Alaska's science schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $8,991 per year, though tuition can range from $26,360 per year to $2,920 per year. The Alaska science schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Alaska Pacific University - located in Anchorage, students are charged $26,360 per year
  2. University of Alaska Fairbanks - located in Fairbanks, students are charged $5,358 per year
  3. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, students are charged $5,186 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Alaska science schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Ilisagvik College - located in Barrow, students are charged $2,920 per year
  2. University of Alaska Southeast - located in Juneau, students are charged $5,130 per year
  3. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, students are charged $5,186 per year

A science degree from an Alaska school... what next?

science graduates in Alaska can go into a variety of professions such as environmental scientist, science professor, and chemist. In 2010, there were 1,170 science professional working in Alaska, including 190 life scientists, 660 environmental scientists, and 160 science professors. The Alaska counties with the largest populations of science professional are:

  1. Anchorage County - 570 science professionals
  2. Aleutians East County - 160 science professionals
  3. Fairbanks North Star County - 100 science professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 800 science professionals will be working in Alaska. This would require the number of science professional to shrink by 0%.

Salary

On average, science professionals earn $62,750 per year. But, salaries for science professional can vary. In 2010, science professional made as little as less than $26,620 per year or as much as more than $108,630 per year in Alaska. The counties in Alaska with the highest average salary for science professionals are:

  1. Fairbanks North Star County - $73,010 per year
  2. Aleutians East County - $70,950 per year
  3. Anchorage County - $59,220 per year

The following counties in Alaska have the lowest average salaries for science professional:

  1. Haines County - $59,170 per year
  2. Anchorage County - $59,220 per year
  3. Aleutians East County - $70,950 per year

On average, the highest paid science professionals in Alaska were:

  1. Environmental Scientist - $68,860 per year
  2. Chemist - $65,600 per year
  3. Science Professor - $59,450 per year

On average, the lowest paid science professionals in Alaska were:

  1. Science Professor - $59,450 per year
  2. Life Scientist - $57,090 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Alaska statistics regarding a career in science and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as engineering or chemical engineering.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Science in Alaska
  • Bachelor's Degree in Science in Alaska
  • Master's Degree in Science in Alaska
  • Doctoral Degree in Science in Alaska

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Consider Online Schools as a great alternative flexible option to earn a degree!

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,928 miles from location University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage AK 55.637 69% 17,276
7,683 miles from location University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks AK 58.6895 65% 9,137
7,720 miles from location University of Alaska Southeast Juneau AK 17.0398 n/a 3,260
7,928 miles from location Alaska Pacific University Anchorage AK 26.7206 83% 781
7,412 miles from location Ilisagvik College Barrow AK 20.5203 n/a 226
 

Curious what studying Science gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Alaska

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health + 660 $68,860 4.8%
2
Life Scientists, All Other + 190 $57,090
3
Chemists + 160 $65,600 166.7%
4
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other + 160 $59,450
 

Got your degree? Time to find a job!

Below are science related jobs in Alaska