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Old 07-28-2011, 01:36 AM
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Just curious -- I know the job situation is tight, but there must be some pressing needs there. I assume Doctors have no problem finding work, is this true of any other specific professions?
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Old 07-28-2011, 02:21 AM
Location: Wildside of Oahu
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The new Disney resort is looking for people to dress up in character costumes.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:30 PM
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Kihei Kaiser clinic had to close their pharmacy for many months (back a couple of years) because they couldn't find anyone to fill the position.

But sometimes the reason for a gap is because the pay isn't enough to support the person living here. Might work for a dual income family, but often not for a single income situation.
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:16 PM
Location: Maui County, HI
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The low paid kind
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:41 PM
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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Doctors here are just as frustrated at the cost of living and the low pay from Medicare and insurances that they many times do not stay for more than a few years. Some do not accept new patients, i know of a couple of doctors here that take no insurance of any kind, it's cash full price and you "bill" your insurance for a small partial reimbursement. It's particularly bad on the outer islands. Not so bad on Oahu (where we all have to go if you need a specialist or major surgery). I waited 4 months for a specialist to come to Kona and have an opening for an appointment. It wasn't urgent or I would have had to fly to Honolulu and see him there.
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:46 PM
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as i said on my other post, there is a double whammy of low medical reimbursement (due to the hmsa monopoly) and high operating cost (due to high rent and employment costs). so even after accepting a lower pay, many private practice docs struggle to stay in business.

rather than asking a general interest question, why not tell us what you are interested in? that would be infinitely more helpful for you!
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Old 07-29-2011, 02:23 PM
Location: Lawai
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DoD cleared professionals are always in demand, especially in information security, networking, systems design.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:05 AM
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Thanks for the responses. I would probably be changing my profession upon arrival (want a change), and I thought this might be a good general interest thread for all prospective transplants. (I keep reading how jobs are scarce, and thought it might be good for both Hawaii and potential transplants to know what was actually needed there.)

It sounds like health care profs are in fact needed, but need to adjust standard-of-living expectations, just like anyone else. It appears the key reality of Hawaii is that if you want the weather, scenery, and slower(?) pace, then you need to be willing to sacrifice some material aspects to get that. Conversely, for those willing to do so, the change might not be so bad, provided you can find some form of decent employment. Because you should be able to save automatically in some things, like heating, heavy clothes and AC (if temps rarely go above 90, or below freezing), and can otherwise reduce costs through discretionary changes like no cable tv, two-wheel transport, powdered milk, no red meat, not eating out, simpler wardrobe, smaller home/apt., etc.
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:33 PM
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
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Like winkosmosis said, many of the in-demand jobs are low-paying. According to the Hawaii Dept. of Labor, the Top 10 occupations with the most predicted job openings in Hawaii are: 1) waiters/waitresses, 2) retail salesperson, 3) cashiers, 4) fast food workers, 5) elementary school teachers, 6) security guards, 7) home care aides, 8) registered nurses, 9) secondary school teachers, and 10) customer service representatives.

In that list, the only occupation that makes really good money is registered nurses. If you are open to going back to school for two years and don't mind blood (and other bodily fluids), you really can't go wrong with becoming an RN. There is a huge demand for them across the U.S., including Hawaii, and they make a good living.
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Good luck!

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Old 08-02-2011, 10:00 AM
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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Marine biology type majors seem to be demand with the fish farm companies in Kona.
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