Human Resource (HR) Degree in Hawaii


Hawaii's colleges and universities offer online and campus-based degree programs in the HR field at all levels – from associate’s to doctorate. With the right education and expertise you have the potential to join the HR teams of the state's largest businesses like Altres Medical or the Bank of Hawaii.

As of 2014, the US Department of Labor reports that Hawaii ranks nationally for HR professionals according to several metrics. As a sign of Hawaii's job mobility prospects, the agency ranked it second in the nation for having the highest concentration of human resources assistants.

Hawaii also offers its HR professionals a relatively high average salary. Together rural Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai offer the fifth-highest average annual salary for labor relations specialists of all non-metro areas in the nation.

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HR Degrees for Students at State and Private Universities in Hawaii

As you aspire to become a competitive HR professional in Hawaii you will need to earn a degree that aligns with your career goals. While a degree in HR is ideal, you may also find in-state options in general business that will help you along the way.

Associate's Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing to become training associates, HR assistants, or payroll clerks:

  • Associate of Business with a concentration in Human Resources Management (online only, 93 quarter credits)
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Human Resources Management (online only, 60 semester credits)
  • Associate of Science (AS) in Supervisory Leadership (Honolulu, online option, 60 semester credits)
  • Associate of Science (AS) in Management (Pearl City, 60 semester credits)

Bachelor's Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing to become HR managers and compensation, benefits, and recruitment specialists, among others:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a concentration in Human Resource Management (Honolulu, some online classes, 120 semester credits)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management (Mililani, online option, 124 semester credits)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Resource Management (online only, 120 credits)

Master's Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing to become HR directors and hiring managers, among other jobs:

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Human Resource Management (Honolulu, online option, 36 semester credits) – students applying for this program without a background in business will need to fulfill certain prerequisites
  • Master of Human Resource Management (Honolulu, 30 semester credits)
  • Master of Science (MS) in Human Resource Management (Honolulu, online option, 48 semester credits)

Graduate Certificates in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing to become HR managers and job analysis and payroll specialists:

  • Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management (Honolulu, online option, 12 semester credits) – candidates must enroll as graduate students
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management (online only, 18 semester credits)
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Human Resources Management (online only, 12 semester credits)

MBAs in Human Resources Management – Designed for those preparing to become development, personnel, and training managers, business leaders, and HR directors, among others:

  • MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management (Honolulu, online option, 42 semester credits) – students without professional work experience or a relevant degree may need to complete prerequisites
  • MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management (online only, 36 semester credits)
  • MBA in Human Resource Management (online only, 36-48 semester credits)

Doctorate Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing to become academicians, HR executives, and professional researchers:

  • PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Organization and Strategy (Honolulu, 96-120 semester credits) – this is a four-year program which admits students who hold a bachelor's degree
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership (Honolulu, online option, 48 semester credits) – applicants must have a graduate degree
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management (online only, 60 semester credits) – applicants must have a graduate degree in a field related to business or management

Largest Employers of HR Professionals in Hawaii

Hawaii's four largest employers are all in the healthcare industry. Together these companies collectively employ a workforce of more than 22,000, according to state government figures. Other important sectors that provide a significant number of jobs for HR professionals in Hawaii include tourism, farming, and military bases.

The following numbers are provided by the US Department of Commerce for 2013:

  • State government – 72,286 employees
  • Restaurants and bars – 64,142 employees
  • Federal military – 57,357 employees
  • Hotels and accommodations – 39,697 employees
  • Federal non-military – 33,919 employees
  • Ambulatory health care services – 33,290 employees
  • Hospitals – 14,844 employees
  • Farming – 12,296 employees
  • Air transportation – 8,435 employees

Encompassing hundreds of thousands of employees, government and private companies require skilled HR directors and support personnel to efficiently manage the state's workforce.

Salary Ranges of Hawaii's HR Professionals

Seniority, experience, education, and skills are all factors that determine your salary as an HR professional in Hawaii.

The following 2014 Hawaii statistics are provided by the US Department of Labor. These annual salaries are listed by profession, starting with the average among the lowest 10 percent of earners, then the average overall salary, and finally the average among the highest 10 percent of earners:

  • Human Resource Managers – $51,210; $86,050; $127,700
  • Training and Development Managers – $49,660; $80,950; $119,480
  • Human Resources Specialists – $32,840; $58,530; $87,470
  • Labor Relations Specialists – $18,360; $57,700; $87,040
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists – $32,390; $54,130; $83,910
  • Training and Development Specialists – $33,430; $62,430; $99,340
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks – $26,390; $39,670; $55,500
  • Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping – $26,940; $38,480; $50,330

Hawaii Job Growth Projections

The State of Hawaii reports job growth projections between 2012-2022 as follows:

  • Human Resource Managers – 16 percent increase, 70 openings
  • Training and Development Managers – 13 percent increase, 10 openings
  • Human Resources Specialists – 2 percent increase, 40 openings
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists – 10 percent increase, 20 openings
  • Training and Development Specialists – 18 percent increase, 100 openings
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks – 14 percent increase, 130 openings 

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