No Work in Alaska

Finding developer work in Alaska sucks. As far as I can see from growing up here, it’s very difficult to find anything other than a C# web form developer for something that eventually just supports the oil industry.  What a contrast after spending time close to the SF bay area.

After years of telecommuting, living in your home office can get very, very old. You wake up at work, you work, and when you are done, you are still home. Most of all, you never get a chance to see real people, and your social life takes a hard dive.

The same old question pops up for me again…mountains and people that run and ski and hike, or a killer job. Damn it.

By |2010-12-17T01:53:00+00:00December 17th, 2010|Uncategorized|5 Comments


  1. Catherine December 17, 2010 at 11:29 am - Reply

    My new company, Dell KACE, is a great employer, very telecommuting-friendly, and hiring. Not Python-specific, but Python-friendly.

    I’ve also seen a significant number of telecommuting positions on the Python Job Board – you’re checking that, right?

  2. Pedahzur December 17, 2010 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    I live in Fairbanks. I had three jobs in Alaska (two in Fairbanks, then one where I telecommuted for a company in Anchorage). After being laid off, I moved on to telecommuting for companies outside of Alaska. I currently work for a company in California doing programming and system administration.

    Catherine is right: there are quite a few telecommute-friendly jobs on the Python Job Board.

    I have a project (currently on the back burner) that will scrape Craigslist for jobs with the “telecommute OK” option checked. (It was a similar, now defunct, project, that found me my current job.) Would you be interested in updates on it?

  3. Patricio December 17, 2010 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the insight. I am quite familiar with the Python job board, and actually I think there is quite a bit of work out there in the rest of the world, telecommuting or not.

    I should have been more clear, but I have telecommuted for the last 8 years, and am looking for something physically located in Anchorage to get out of the house and into an office around people that have faces and personalities.

  4. Anonymous December 17, 2010 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    I have telecommuted for over ten years and I know what you mean. It is good thing my wife is my best friend.

    By the way she tells people I do not work from home, rather I live at work.

  5. Pedahzur December 17, 2010 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Ah, seems I didn’t read thoroughly enough. Yeah, finding a Python-friendly company up here may prove difficult. The company I was working for in Anchorage (S&K Aerospace) is moving out of Alaska. It does seem that Alaska is pretty Microsoft-heavy, probably largely due to the fact that most of the state government is MS heavy, and there’s not a large enough ecosystem to support lots of independent development shops.

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