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Good Jobs in Honolulu, Hawaii

Updated on August 8, 2018
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.


Top 10 Fastest Growing Jobs through 2024

Honolulu is one the 25 Top Cities in USA which to find employment. The top jobs according to growth by percent are the following:

  1. Home Health Aides: Tourists, retirees, and the elderly all are requiring more help.
  2. Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants: PT allows patients to leave the hospital sooner and stay in their own homes longer.
  3. Electrical Power-Line Installers
  4. Web Developers
  5. Personal Financial Advisors: The population increased by nearly 18% from 2010 - 2015, bringing additional highly-paid workers into the economy.
  6. Occupational Therapists
  7. Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  8. Computer Systems Analysts
  9. Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics
  10. Optometrists

Additional High Demand Jobs

  • Aquaculture workers throughout the Hawaiian Islands
  • Tour Guides; Reservation and Ticket Agents
  • Hotels: Baggage Porters, Bellhops, Musicians
  • Clinical, Counseling and School Psychologists
  • Educators: Adult Education, GED, and K-12 mainstream classrooms. The icnreasing population is resulting in additional children.
  • Registered Nurses (RNs): Travel Nursing is in high demand and pays higher wages and benefits.
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs): LPNs and Med Techs can work in Travel Nursing.

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Fast Growth Industries

There are over 20 companies in the local islands that work in archeology, studying the migration and origins of various people groups in Hawaii.

The Hawaii State Government also employs large numbers of anthropologists and archaeologists to research the human DNA paths through the state. Interest was sparked by the National Geographic DNA and migration studies began in the 2000s.

Honolulu offers many jobs in aquaculture, which produces food in the form of plant and animal life in the water, without soils. There are more aquaculture workers here than than in any other US state and over $30 million worth of products are produced in this way every year -- seaweeds, edible algae, many species of fish, oysters, and prawns.

The comprehensive website Hawaii and Pacific Aquaculture offers several pages of information and the positive outlook for this industry in the 21st century. The foods raised are sold on the islands and also exported to the mainland USA and around the world for a sustainable food resource.

In 1979, Hawaii was the first US State to implement an aquaculture industry. Honolulu and other Hawaiian cities have pond cultures dating back to the AD 1300s.

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Seaweeds can be grown on ropes. Other "sea vegetables" can be easily grown in aquaculture.Oyster farm.
Seaweeds can be grown on ropes.
Seaweeds can be grown on ropes. | Source
Other "sea vegetables" can be easily grown in aquaculture.
Other "sea vegetables" can be easily grown in aquaculture. | Source
Oyster farm.
Oyster farm. | Source

Aquaculture Companies in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Fully Integrated Systems. 876 Curtis Street Apartment 3905;
    Honolulu, HI 96813
  • HADCO. 4473 Likini Street; Honolulu, HI 96818
  • Hawaii Oceanic Technology. 425 South Street Apartment 3102;
    Honolulu, HI 96813
  • Hukilau Foods. 24 Sand Island Access Road; Honolulu, HI 96819

These and additional companies are hiring workers throughout the islands.

Pacific Aquaculture & Coastal Resources Center operates aquaculture and coastal resource management projects worldwide, headquartered in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. These types of food are sold globally and can be a solution to worldwide hunger as well as sustainability.

Entire small islands can be turned to aquaculture. In addition, islands of plastic waste materials can be reclaimed in this way to grow foods.
Entire small islands can be turned to aquaculture. In addition, islands of plastic waste materials can be reclaimed in this way to grow foods. | Source

Largest Local Companies in Honolulu

  1. Altres Industrial
  2. Kapiolani Medical Center
  3. Queen's Medical Center
  4. Hawaii Health Systems Corporation
  5. Hawaii State Police Department
  6. Tripler Army Medical Center
  7. Bank of Hawaii; Bank of Hawaii Corporation
  8. Aloha Air Cargo
  9. Hawaiian Electric Co. Inc.
  10. Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki
  11. Straub Clinic and Hospital

Additional Companies Hiring Largest Numbers of Workers

  1. Home health and personal aides, nannies, companions, and others.
  2. Marriott International, Inc. : Accommodations and tourism.
  3. Albertsons Companies: Groceries and others.
  4. Hawaii Medical Service Association
  5. Staffing Solutions of Hawaii: Temp to perm placements.
  6. CVS Health Retail: Pharmacy, health and beauty.
  7. FCH Enterprises Inc.: Food services.
  8. First Hawaiian Bank
  9. Macy's: Retail department store.
  10. Ross Stores and Ross Dress for Less

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A mountain range in Hawaii near Honolulu.
A mountain range in Hawaii near Honolulu.
A mountain range in Hawaii near Honolulu. | Source

Jobs Increase in Honolulu

During Summer 2015, 13,000 job were listed for Hawaii, over 4,400 in Honolulu.

In August - September 2016, 12,000 position were open in the state, with over 8,500 open jobs in Honolulu.

Jobs increase in Honolulu, even though they may decrease elsewhere in the state.

As of August 2018, the city had 10,000 job listings, with 1,100 requiring a bachelor's degree, 400 needed an RN degree and license, and 2.000 needed only a high school diploma.. About 400 jobs required a master's degree.

Jobs Increasing Under "National Recovery"

  1. IT - Network Systems and Data Analysts, Computer Software Apps Engineers
  2. Personal and Home Health Aides
  3. Pharmacy Technicians
  4. Vet Techs (animal health)
  5. Skin Care Specialists - Medical procedures and care.
  6. Mental Health Professionals - Counselors, Psych Assistants
  7. Manicurists & Pedicurists
  8. Art, Drama, and Music Teachers - College and Vocational School Level
  9. Social and Human Service Assistants - Required by an aging population, economic downturn of 2008 - 2010, and Welfare Reform measures and processes begun in 1998. These jobs were still increasing in 2018.
  10. Teachers - College and Vocational School Level

These jobs are involved with Healthcare, Social Assistance, and Education. Information Technology(IT) is Number One, but also included in all the other job categories listed.


Housing Costs

As of the end of summer in 2018, at least 350 homes were available for purchase at a price under $250,000.; and, about 150 available between $250,000 and $350,000 all listed on Zillow and Trulia. Another 300 homes are listed at a million dollars or a little more.

Over 600 apartments were listed for rent at $800/month and higher.

Sperling's Best Places indicates that the median income in Honolulu stands at over $60,000 per working person, with unemployment at just 3.6%, so this indicates that many more workers are needed in the community to fill open jobs.

Sports in Honolulu

Hawaii Rainbow - University level sports teams in Honolulu.

While there are no professional sports teams in Hawaii, there are many opportunities for leisure sports and sports related activities and they all employ a variety of workers.

High School Sports in Honolulu and Hawaii

  • Hawaii High School Athletic Association
  • Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA)

Racing in Honolulu.
Racing in Honolulu. | Source

Colleges and Universities in Honolulu

  • Chaminade University
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Honolulu University

Community Colleges

King's Guards

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