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Some top jobs in Hawaii for 2011

Chris Edwards Chris Edwards
Liesl Bernard Liesl Bernard
Scott Jennings Scott Jennings

By Teri Okita – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Got a knack for numbers? A head for business? A new report shows some of the hot jobs in Hawaii for 2011.

The specialized staffing firm Robert Half International conducted a nationwide survey and says Honolulu is very well placed for employment in the coming year, especially if you're a highly-skilled worker.

Chris Edwards is one of those workers. He left Houston seven months ago for the sunny shores of Hawaii - without a job. "Honolulu is a better location, any way you look at it!" he says.

But the search for employment was uneasy, at times. "Looking for a job, in this job market, was rather difficult," says Edwards. "Or at least I expected it to be so."

Because of his skill set, Edwards landed something in just a few months. Now, he's controller at The Gas Company, and Robert Half International isn't surprised. It recently surveyed thousands of executives across the country - and here in the islands - and found that qualified employees, like Edwards, are in demand.

Liesl Bernard of Robert Half's Honolulu office says, "Specifically in Hawaii, we're looking at 27 percent of executives that have said that they're planning to hire, and they're finding it very difficult to find highly-skilled people."

The surveys found these top jobs in Hawaii for 2011 and their estimated starting salaries: Senior Business Analysts: 61 thousand to 79 thousand dollars. IT experts: 73 thousand to 101 thousand. Financial analysts: 67 thousand to 101 thousand dollars. Lawyers start at 98 thousand to 150 thousand dollars, paralegals at 45 thousand to 58 thousand, and senior administrative assistants make as much as 38 thousand dollars base.

Analysts predict that the hospitality and non-profit sectors will also grow in 2011.

Scott Jennings runs the 15 million dollar construction company, Jennings Pacific. He says, although competitive, there's no shortage of business, and he continues to hire. "At the end of the day, we're growing. So, we've hired additional staff."

Recruitment experts advise employees to market yourself, highlight the things you've achieved at work, and ask yourself, "What can I do for the company?" It could pay off in the coming year.

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