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Emergency: Career and Education Opportunities in Hawaii

Emergency: Emergency care workers are the first line of medical defense for people who have injuries or unexpected medical crises. Working both in the field and emergency rooms, they are often called upon to provide life saving services under demanding conditions.

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Hawaii has a population of 1,295,178, which has grown by 6.90% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Aloha State," Hawaii's capital and biggest city is Honolulu. In 2008, there were a total of 873,749 jobs in Hawaii. The average annual income was $42,078 in 2008, up from $40,924 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Hawaii was 6.8% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Approximately 26.2% of Hawaii residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Hawaii include hotels, clothing accessories stores, and full-service restaurants. Notable tourist attractions include the Iolani Palace, the Academy of Arts Honolulu, and the The Contemporary Museum.


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Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technicians assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Emergency Medical Technicians need to think through complex problems and develop a critical analysis of the situation and possible solutions. They also need to speak clearly and communicate with others.