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Job Outlook of the Fastest Growing Careers in Honolulu

Honolulu, Hawaii's thriving capital, is a city on the rise. With its ultra-low unemployment rate, diverse economy, and faster-than-average job growth, this tropical paradise is a great place to live, work, and study. Learn more about the hottest careers in Honolulu.

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Honolulu's Economy

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Honolulu County had an estimated population of more than 988,000 in 2017. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that the unemployment rate is only 1.9% as of March 2018, far below the 4.1% national average, while workers are paid an average hourly salary of $25.97 as of May 2017, which is above the national average of $24.34. It's easy to see why Honolulu is considered a thriving city.

Largest Employers in Honolulu

Hospitals and banks stand out as the largest employers in this Hawaiian city. According to the official website of the Hawaii government, this following are among the largest employers in Honolulu:

  • Altres Industrial
  • Kapiolani Medical Center
  • Queen's Medical Center
  • Hawaii Health Systems Corporation
  • Hawaii State Police Department
  • Tripler Army Medical Center
  • Bank of Hawaii
  • Bank of Hawaii Corporation
  • Aloha Air Cargo
  • Hawaiian Electric Co. Inc.
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki
  • Straub Clinic and Hospital

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  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Fastest-Growing Occupations

With so many of the largest employers in Honolulu being medical centers, it's no small wonder that the fastest growing occupations in the city are in healthcare. The following were projected by the Research and Statistics Office of the Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) to be among the fastest-growing occupations in Honolulu over the 2014-2024 decade, with all of them expected to see 21% growth or higher:

  • Home Health Aides
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairs
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Statisticians
  • Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
  • Web Developers
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Solar Photovoltaic Installers
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

Fastest-Declining Jobs

Some jobs simply won't be in high demand over the next several years in the city of Honolulu, partly because many of these positions can be automated. The DLIR projected that the following would be among the fastest-declining jobs in Honolulu from the period 2014-2024, with a projected decline of 14% or greater:

  • Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service
  • Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators
  • Prepress Technicians and Workers
  • Computer Operators
  • Respiratory Therapy Technicians
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service
  • Fast Food Cooks
  • Word Processors and Typists
  • Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
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