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, Honolulu County had an estimated population of nearly 1 million in 2014. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that the labor force in Honolulu County was 477,083 in December 2015. Honolulu proper is by far Hawaii's largest city and most important business center. With a 2.7% unemployment rate according to the BLS in December 2015, Honolulu looks to be a very promising possibility for avid job seekers.

Largest Employers in Honolulu

According to the Research and Statistics Office of Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR), the following is a list of the largest employers in Honolulu in 2015:

  • Altres Medical
  • Kapiolani Medical Center
  • Queen's Medical Center
  • Hawaii Health Systems Corporation
  • Hickam Air Force Base
  • Tripler Army Medical Center
  • Naval Air Station
  • Bank of Hawaii
  • Bank of Hawaii Corporation
  • St. Francis Healthcare System

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  • Agriculture
  • 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

The following were projected by the DLIR to be among the fastest-growing occupations in Honolulu over the 2012-2022 decade:

  • Home Health Aides
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
  • Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
  • Software Developers, Systems Software
  • Cost Estimators
  • Carpenter Helpers
  • Medical Secretaries
  • Computer Systems Analysts

Fastest-Declining Jobs

The DLIR projected that the following would be among the fastest-declining jobs in Honolulu from the period 2012-2022:

  • Word Processors and Typists
  • All Other Information and Records Clerks
  • Postal Service Mail Carriers
  • Data Entry Keyers
  • Travel Agents
  • Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors and Processing Machine Operators
  • Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service
  • Legal Secretaries
  • Café, Food and Coffee Shop Counter Attendants
  • Computer Operators
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