Hawaii Computer Training Schools

In the past decade, the tech sector has made significant strides in the state of Hawaii, becoming a third pillar of the economic foundation just behind tourism and military.

Computer science education in Hawaii

Institution Name No. of Computer Science Programs Offered Tuition & Fees Admission Rate
University of Hawaii at Manoa 2 $11,732 84.98%
Brigham Young University-Hawaii 2 $5,240 27.08%
University of Phoenix-Hawaii 2 $9,840 N/A
Hawaii Pacific University 2 $23,440 75.37%
Honolulu Community College 1 $3,054 N/A
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Education is at the heart in developing the state's knowledge-based economy by creating skilled, job-ready graduates. Prospective students can pursue computer science-related degrees at 14 different universities and colleges in the state (public, private, and for-profit) at the two- and four-year level. There are four community colleges, two four-year public universities, three private, non-profit universities and three private, for-profit universities that offer programs of study in the field. Graduation data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows these universities granted more than 1,100 degrees to students across 11 different programs of study in the computer and information science fields. Within those fields, the most popular majors included computer and information science, computer science, information technology management, data processing and information technology.

Tech industry and career outlook in Hawaii

CareerAnnual Mean WageStatewide Projected Job Growth RateStatewide Current Number of Jobs
Computer Network Architects$104,91012.4%210
Computer Network Support Specialists$61,2107.3%520
Computer Programmers$74,490-4.8%540
Computer Systems Analysts$78,34020.3%1,160
Database Administrators$80,32011.3%200
Information Security Analysts$82,12014.1%210
Network and Computer Systems Administrators$81,1204.1%1,370
Software Developers, Applications$85,55018.1%1,020
Software Developers, Systems Software$93,00018.4%670
Web Developers25.8%400
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

CompTIA's annual report ranked the state #46 for tech employment and 29th for average tech wages. There are nearly 1,900 technology companies in the state with an annual payroll of $1.2 billion. Although the state figures lag behind a majority of the nation, the state is making inroads to promote the tech sector and develop new opportunities within the space.

As noted above, the High Technology Development Corporation has been a driving force in developing and expanding the reach of Hawaii's technology sector. A state agency, the HTDC helps foster strategic growth within the high-tech field through a variety of business development support services. Examples include establishing networking opportunities, assisting with securing federal and private grants, creating outreach programs and fostering incubation programs for tech start-up companies. Two major initiatives include the previously mentioned 80/80 program and the Hi-Growth Initiative, a newly launched effort to create an "innovation ecosystem" in the state. Currently, the Hi-Growth Initiative provides $20 million in working capital to support high-growth tech industries and create new jobs. The major areas of focus include research commercialization, start-up investment capital, and entrepreneur development.


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