Hawaii Job Outlook: Overview of the Fastest Growing Careers

With a labor force of 648,800, which ranked 43rd in the nation in 2013, Hawaii had an unemployment rate of only 4.8%, as compared to a national rate at the time of 7.4%. By December 2015, according to the State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, the state's unemployment rate had dropped to an impressive 3.2%. From this information alone, you may want to give Hawaii some consideration when looking for a career.

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Individuals interested in working in Hawaii may choose from a selection of fast-growing careers. Among the jobs in Hawaii expected to grow the fastest by 2022 are personal care aides, home health aides and information security analysts.

Personal Care Aides

According to CareerOneStop, an employment resource developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Hawaii is expected to see a 42% increase in personal care aide job openings between 2012 and 2022 (www.careerinfonet.org). People who are handicapped, elderly or sick sometimes require at-home assistance, and these workers live or work at these homes to help them with daily living chores. This work may include cleaning, bathing, shopping, cooking and running errands. Aides also work at hospices and other facilities where their assistance is needed.


Personal care aides don't typically have any formal education requirements, but they do receive on-the-job training by qualified professionals, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Training may include cooking for special diets, sanitation standards and emergency procedures, including CPR and first aid.

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Information Security Analysts

CareerOneStop reports that the occupation of information security analyst is expected to increase by 40% in Hawaii from 2012-2022. Ensuring the protection of computer network systems is the prime function of information security analysts. In this, in addition to planning, setting up and monitoring security measures, they may be tasked to handle virus attacks and other breaches to the integrity of a network system and its information.


As noted by the BLS, information security analysts are required to hold at least a bachelor's degree in programming, computer science or a similar field and to have had some appropriate work experience. Some employers want applicants to hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems. There are a number of certifications available in the field, and some employers prefer to hire individuals who hold either general or specific area certification.

Home Health Aides

Hawaii is expected to see a 39% increase in job openings for home health aides between 2012 and 2022, according to CareerOneStop. Home health aides may ensure their patients take their medications, live in sanitary conditions and attend their medical appointments. They also check their patients' vital signs and ensure they're eating properly. They may also keep records of a patient's condition and all of the assistance provided.


Unlike personal care aides, home health aides often work under the direct supervision of medical practitioners in government-funded, certified hospices or home health agencies. Consequently, they may be required to comply with certain regulations, receive special training and pass a competency examination in order to become certified. Training and certification requirements can vary by state.

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