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Career and Education Opportunities for Urban Planners in Hawaii

Hawaii has a population of 1,295,178, which has grown by 6.90% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Aloha State," Hawaii's capital and most populous city is Honolulu.

About 440 people are currently employed as urban planners in Hawaii. By 2016, this is expected to grow 9% to about 480 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for urban planners are expected to grow by about 19.0%. Urban planners generally develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of local jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, and metropolitan areas.

Urban planners earn approximately $29 hourly or $62,210 yearly on average in Hawaii. Nationally they average about $28 per hour or $59,810 annually. Earnings for urban planners are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Social Sciences in Hawaii and not quite as good as general Social Sciences category earnings nationally. Urban planners work in a variety of jobs, including: community development director, transportation consultant, and city planning engineer.

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. Roughly 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 destinations include the Mission Houses Museum, the Ramsay Museum, and the Academy of Arts Honolulu.

CITIES WITH Urban Planner OPPORTUNITIES IN Hawaii


JOB DESCRIPTION: Urban Planner

Urban Planner video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, urban planners develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of local jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, and metropolitan areas.

Every day, urban planners are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they read and understand documents and reports.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Hawaii include:

  • Economist. Conduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to aid in solution of economic problems arising from production and distribution of goods and services. May collect and process economic and statistical data using econometric and sampling techniques.
  • Geographic Information Systems Analyst. Study nature and use of areas of earth's surface, relating and interpreting interactions of physical and cultural phenomena. Conduct research on physical aspects of a region, including land forms, climates, soils, plants and animals, and conduct research on the spatial implications of human activities within a given area, including social characteristics, economic activities, and political organization, as well as researching interdependence between regions at scales ranging from local to global.
  • Historian. Research, analyze, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.
  • Industrial Psychologist. Apply principles of psychology to personnel, administration, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee screening, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to reorganize the work setting to improve worker productivity.
  • Market Research Analyst. Research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas to determine potential sales of a product or service. May gather information on competitors, prices, and methods of marketing and distribution. May use survey results to create a marketing campaign based on regional preferences and buying habits.
  • Market Survey Representative. Design or conduct surveys. May supervise interviewers who conduct the survey in person or over the telephone. May present survey results to client.
  • School Psychologist. Investigate processes of learning and teaching and develop psychological principles and techniques applicable to educational problems.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Hawaii

Hawaii
Hawaii photo by Christopher P. Becker

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.