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Hawaii Schools Prepare You for Today's Job Market

Although it receives a great deal of revenue from international tourists, primarily from Japan, Hawaii's economy is directly linked to the health of the U.S. economy. Tourism beats the heart of the state's economic pulse, but exports of sugar, molasses, and fresh and processed pineapple also play an integral part in Hawaii's economy.

Hawaii's population, spread among many Pacific islands, was 1,295,178 in 2009--with more than 70 percent of Hawaii's population living on the island of Oahu. Its capital, Honolulu is the largest city in Hawaii

Job Market in Hawaii: Hawaii Careers

As one of the most-visited states in the U.S., Hawaii ranks highly in hospitality jobs. In 2009 there were more than 80,000 people employed in accommodation and food services, and 103,600 total in leisure and hospitality. Hawaii also has hundreds of specialty and retail shops for its tourists, and retail salespeople also hold a large segment of the workforce and should see continued steady employment.

Hawaii is no different than any other state in that workers with higher education have access to better jobs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that workers with associate's degree earned about $760 a week, while those who obtained bachelor's degrees took in more than $1,000 a week. Earnings continued to rise with more education--and a post-secondary education either from Hawaii schools or online degree programs may lead you a better career opportunities.

The mean annual wage in Hawaii in 2009 was $42,760--slightly below the national mean wage of $43,460. Chefs and head cooks earned close to $50,000 a year, while restaurant supervisors took home close to $35,000.