Tips For Finding And Starting A Job In Hawaii’s Salon Industry

Tips For Finding And Starting A Job In Hawaii's Salon Industry

Have you studied to work in a salon industry and dreaming of landing a job in Hawaii? Well, here’s some good news for you! According to Hawaii’s Department of Labor, salon jobs (e.g. hairstylists, manicurists, massage, skin care) are growing through the year 2020. More than 17% of the top 10 jobs that are hiring in Hawaii are in the salon industry.

Additional notable statistics about this industry:

  • 1,850 people are employed as hairstylists and this number is projected to grow to 2,170 positions by 2020
  • 18% of salon jobs belong to manicurists and pedicurists
  • The skin care industry in Hawaii will grow 22% by 2020
  • 1,890 people work in the massage industry but the industry needs 2,200 by 2020, especially on the Big Island and Kauai

When you’re looking for a job in Hawaii, it’s important you remember to expect a change of pace in many ways, including:

  • The weather is temperate
  • Get on “aloha” time

As someone who works in the salon industry, these things actually work to your benefit because Hawaii thrives on tourism and hospitality. However, you must also prepare yourself to hear different languages, eat different foods (some you can’t pronounce), enjoy lots of great entertainment, and work in hotels or resorts. Also, you need to be aware that cost of living in Hawaii is greater than many mainland cities.

When you feel like you’re ready to move your salon career to Hawaii and you land a job there, it’s time to move yourself there so you can start working. If you don’t already live in Hawaii, it’s time to start packing! If you feel you can engage a more simplistic lifestyle, skip this step, but make sure you:

  • Remember the cost of living is higher than almost anywhere else in America. You need to work with a rental agency to find something in your price range.
  • If you are considering bringing a pet then remember to register it with the Hawaii Animal Quarantine Station where it must spend 5 days. If your pet has health issues, they may spend more time. To avoid this quarantine all together, make sure you prepare at least 5 months ahead of time and plan on filling out lots of paperwork.
  • Transportation in Hawaii is expensive, so make good plans for getting around ahead of time. If you don’t live in a neighborhood that offers free parking, you’ll pay a high monthly rate for parking. If you’re living in Honolulu you may want to forego the car all together since this island has one of the best public transit systems.

While this transition sounds like a lot of work and money, the beautiful beaches and sunsets will definitely be rewarding. If you need some help landing your dream job please contact us.