Finance Degree for Jobs in Hawaii


With a multi-billion dollar tourism industry, a wealthy retired and investing class, as well as lucrative military contracts, there is a lot of money in Hawaii. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2016 that Hawaii's 26,340 finance professionals earned a total of $1.73 billion in income that year.

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Finance Degrees Available at State Schools and Private Universities in Hawaii

From brokers and investment advisors in consumer finance, to budget analysts and financial examiners in corporate finance, careers in Hawaii’s banking and finance sector start by earning a degree with a major in finance. Hawaii’s business schools offer online and campus-based programs in finance that align with all potential career paths.

Associate's Degrees in Finance – Designed for students preparing for entry-level positions in corporate finance, Series 7 licensed stockbrokers, and more:

  • Associate of Science (AS) in Finance
    • Located in Honolulu
    • Online option
    • 60 semester Hours
  • Associate of Science in Financial Management
    • Online only
    • 64 semester Hours
  • Associate Degree in Finance
    • Online only
    • 60 semester Hours

Bachelor's Degrees in Finance – Designed for those preparing to become Series 65 licensed investment advisor representatives (IAR), financial planners, and professionals in corporate finance:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business Administration with concentration in Finance
    • Located in Kapolei
    • Online option
    • 115-121 semester Hours
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance
    • Located in Honolulu
    • Online option
    • 120 semester Hours
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a major in Finance
    • Located in Honolulu
    • 120 semester Hours
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a major in Fiance
    • Located in Honolulu
    • 115-121 semester Hours

Master's Degrees in Finance – Designed for those preparing to become Certified Government Financial Managers (CGFM), Certified Financial Planners (CFP) or corporate finance professionals, among others:

  • Master of Finance Degree
    • Online only
    • 30 semester Hours
    • Applicants can have a bachelor's degree in any subject, as well as related background knowledge
  • Master of Science (MS) in Finance
    • Online only
    • 32 semester Hours
    • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any subject

Graduate Certificates in Finance – Designed for those preparing to become project managers or private client advisors, among others:

  • Graduate Certificate in Finance
    • Online only
    • 15 semester Hours
    • Applicants are not required to have a degree for admission, however prerequisite courses must then be completed
  • Graduate Certificate in Finance
    • Online only
    • 18-24 semester Hours
    • Applicants can have an undergraduate degree in any subject

MBAs in Finance – Designed for those studying to become financial directors, enterprise account managers, and business leaders in corporate finance:

  • MBA with a concentration in Finance
    • Located in Honolulu
    • Online option
    • 38 semester Hours
    • Applicants can have a bachelor's degree in any subject, however prerequisite business courses must be fulfilled
  • MBA in Finance
    • Online only
    • 48-60 semester Hours
    • Applicants can have a bachelor's degree in any subject

Doctorate Degrees in Finance – Designed for professionals preparing for senior-level positions, consulting jobs as well as those looking to enter research and academia:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance
    • Located in Honolulu
    • 96-120 semester Hours
    • Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree in any field
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Management with a specialization in Finance
    • Online only
    • 120 quarter Hours
    • Applicants must have a master's degree in any subject

Top Finance Firms in Hawaii

According to the direct-compare personal finance platform Credio, Hawaii's most prominent local investment firms include:

  • Bankoh [Bank of Hawaii] Investment Services – $1.28 billion under management
    • Specializes in corporate, personal international, and small-business wealth management
    • 25 employees
    • Locations in Honolulu, Waialae, Kahala, Kailua, Maui, Pearlridge, Kona, and Kaikoo
  • Cadinha and Co – $1.03 billion under management
    • Specializes in individual wealth and institution investing
    • 23 employees
    • Located in Honolulu
  • CKW Financial Group – $991 million under management
    • Specializes in individual and institution investing; financial advising
    • 8 employees
    • Located in Honolulu
  • Lee Financial Group – $346 million under management
    • Specializing in investment management for businesses, individuals, estates, pensions, and mutual funds
    • 12 employees
    • Located in Honolulu

The Benefits of a Strong Education in Finance

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the results of its 2016 wage survey for finance professionals in Hawaii. These annual numbers are shown as the 10th percentile average, the total average income, and the 90th percentile average for finance professionals in Hawaii:

  • Financial Managers – $55,200; $104,060; $160,020
  • Accountants and Auditors – $38,290; $61,760; $92,300
  • Budget Analysts – $52,730; $76,780; $107,150
  • Financial Analysts – $43,940; $72,590; $112,620
  • Personal Financial Advisors – $27,680; $79,610; $128,420
  • Financial Examiners – $51,830; $71,770; $99,020
  • Loan Officers – $28,510; $69,560; $115,060
  • Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents – $31,260; $97,870; $208,000*

*The annual income is equal to or greater than $208,000. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report data on income greater than this value.

Job Growth Rates for Finance Professionals in Hawaii 2014-2024

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations projects the number of finance jobs in Hawaii will increase significantly during the ten-year period leading up to 2024:

  • Personal Financial Advisors – 23 percent growth
  • Financial Managers – 10 percent growth
  • Financial Analysts – 8 percent growth
  • Accountants and Auditors – 8 percent growth
  • Loan Officers – 6 percent growth
  • Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents – 7 percent growth
  • Financial Examiners – 2 percent growth Budget Analysts – 1 percent growth

 

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