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Honolulu, Hawaii - IT, Education, Health, and Tourism

Updated on August 22, 2016

Top 10 Fastest Growing Jobs through 2018

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

  • Tour Guides
  • Reservation and Ticket Agents
  • Baggage Porters, Bellhops
  • Educators - Adult Education, GED, and K-12.
  • Massage Therapists
  • Musicians - Hotels, restaurants, clubs, others.
  • Registered Nurses (RNs) - Travel Nursing is in high demand and pays higher wages and benefits.
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) - also LPNs and Med Techs in Travel Nursing.
  • Financial Managers

Fast Growth Industries

There are 20+ companies in the Hawaii Islands that work in archeology. The State Government also employs large numbers of anthropologists and archaeologists to research the human DNA paths through Hawaii.

Honolulu offers many jobs in aquaculture, which produces food in the water, without soils. There are more aquaculture workers here than than in any other US state. $30+ million worth of products reproduced in this way -- seaweed, 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 exported to the mainland USA and around the world for a sustainable food resource.

Racing in Honolulu.
Racing in Honolulu. | Source

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

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A mountain range in Hawaii near Honolulu.
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Pacific Aquaculture & Coastal Resources Center operates aquaculture and coastal resource management projects worldwide, operated from University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.


Jobs Increase in Honolulu

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

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

Jobs increased in Honolulu, even though they decreased elsewhere in the state.

High Demanf Jobs Openings 2016

  1. Engineers - Mechanical and Electrical
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  3. Bio-information IT Staff
  4. Physical Therapists
  5. Financial Officers
  6. Medical Assistants
  7. Administrative Assistants
  8. Food Service Workers
  9. College Level Faculty
  10. Hotel Staff
  11. Occupational Therapists
  12. Administrative Assistants
  13. Retail Wireless Consultants
  14. Certified Nurse's Aides
  15. Retail Managers and Assistants

High Demand Jobs In June 2013

Highest Demand Jobs

  1. Administrative Assistants
  2. Controllers
  3. Pet Stylists
  4. Salespeople
  5. Medical Assistants
  6. Pharmacy Technicians
  7. Medical Assistants
  8. Business Systems Analysts
  9. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  10. Certified Nurse Aides
  11. Network and Systems Engineers
  12. Surgical Technologists
  13. Patient Service Representatives
  14. Computer Programmers
  15. Musicians and Music Teachers

Largest Employers In and Near Honolulu

  1. Hawaii Pacific Health
  2. Schofield Barracks - US Army
  3. Hawaii Medical Service Association
  4. Bank of Hawaii, multiple locations.
  5. Altres Medical
  6. Starwood Hotels and Resorts
  7. Queen's Medical Center
  8. Triple Army Medical Center
  9. National Security Agency

Jobs Increasing Under "National Recovery" Programs

  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.
  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.


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)

Colleges and Universities in Honolulu

  • Chaminade University
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Honolulu University

Community Colleges

Earliest Surviving Charlie Chan Movie, with Bela Lugosi

Charlie Chan from Honolulu

Famous mystery author, by Earl Derr Biggers was born in Warren, Ohio.

He graduated form Harvard and became a humor writer and turned to mysteries, but wrote just 6 Charlie Chan mystery novels.

The novels were based on a real Honolulu, Chinese detective named Chang Apana, who was quite successful in Hawaii and San Francisco. Mr. Biggers wrote without prejuicial race stereotyping, but the movies put back the stereotypes of Chinese and African Americans that Biggers fought against all of his life.

Charlie Chan lived on Punch Bowl Hill in Honolulu and solved crimes and mysteries there and in the United States.

In the movies, which number more than the books, he also traveled to Europe and Egypt with his sons, Number 1 through Number 4, leaving another near-dozen at home.

The six book titles are:

  • The House Without A Key
  • The Chinese Parrot
  • Behind That Curtain
  • The Black Camel
  • Charlie Chan Carries On
  • Keeper Of The Keys



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© 2008 Patty Inglish


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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Fantastic and exciting! There is a need for compassion and understanding in Hawaii. There is a poorer population that needs some help. Still wonderful people, but all places need ministry and helps.

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      Candace Green 10 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      Thanks so much for this hub. We went to Hawaii last January, we loved it. We have actually felt the call to go back for part-time or full-time ministry.

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for all the comments!

      Earth Angel, your praise is most abundant and overflowing, like your talents.

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      Earth Angel 10 years ago

      May I be your intern, pretty please, Most Great Honorable Creative Genius Hub Empress?? You are amazing Patty!! I wouldn't miss one of your Hubs for all the poi in the world!! Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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      adventure 10 years ago from U.S.A.

      Great hub. hawaii is so beautiful. My wife and I went to Oahu, Maui, and kauai on our honeymoon in 2002. The people, scenery, and culture are so natural and easygoing.

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      That's interesting, isn't it? Many of the entertainment, hotel, and dining venues employee musicians and there are musical groups often forming or needing new additional members!

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      Travel by Design 10 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      It's interesting that musicians are on the list, I wouldn't have guessed that.

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I am honored by your visit and comments, rabi Khan. I had forgotten Hawaii 5-0! It is as you say - a beautiful land with lovely people.

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      rabi Khan 10 years ago

      I have a great interest in Hawaii since my teenage...remember popular Tv series Hawaii 5-O, who could forget breathtaking scenery of Hawaii. Nice Informative hub.