Best Career Field in Hawaii?

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Hawaii beach sunset - Honolua Beach, Maui IslandThe huge “medical” field or health field appears to be the best career field in Hawaii. Best meaning – lots of opportunity and a competitive salary to match Hawaii’s high cost of living.

At there are 100 jobs listed in the field just over a 3 day span. I didn’t check to see which were duplicates – but, most weren’t.

Hawaii has an aging population… it’s a place where many from California, Michigan, and countries all over the world go to retire. The cost of medical care for elderly on an out-patient basis is very high. Often families will choose to hire their own in-house personal care aide to help their elderly parents to save some money and allow the flexibility of keeping the parents at home and not in a much too expensive seniors’ facility.

Recently someone left a comment on my “Want to Change Your Life? Move to Hawaii” post about doing medical transcription and earning $25 per hour. If your vocabulary is up to it you might try that as a career. Nearly all the jobs are for telecommuters so you can live in Hawaii and work with any number of medical facilities across the USA. I saw an online course that said it certified medical transcriptionists. Seems like a great thing to do!

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I’ve lived Hawaii since the mid ‘80s when I moved here at the age of 21. I arrived site-unseen in Honolulu with zero contacts and about $5k in savings. I worked from nearly zero and today Hawaii has given me the greatest gifts in the world in all aspects: spiritually, financially, romantically (married since early ‘90s w/ 2 children), and most important, peace. My goal with this site is to share the magic of this Land of Aloha and help others who are on a similar quest.


  1. Mauigirl 03/06/2010 at 4:16 am - Reply

    Sounds like this field is getting hot everywhere but it makes sense it would be hotter (no pun intended) in Hawaii. I just retired from my job at the Big Corporation so am thinking about what to do with the rest of my life. In visiting my mom at the nursing home where she is getting rehab, I’ve seen various different medical/caregiver roles in action. I’m thinking being the activities director or assistant at a nursing home would be a fun and rewarding thing to do without having to take extensive medical training. There is a certification course for being an activities assistant; the director job would have more requirements of course.

    • Vern 03/06/2010 at 7:51 am - Reply

      Hi Mimi,

      I worked at a seniors’ care home for 6 months as a way of deciding whether I’d like to work in the psych field. Some great experiences there. It’s an easy, entry-level way to get into the field. I say go for it!

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