With one of the world's most attractive year round climates, where the temperature rarely drops below 70 degrees and only on occasion goes above 90, it's no wonder that Hawaii is a favorite destination spot for vacationers and homesteaders alike. Hawaii is a tropical paradise, with extensive sandy white beaches, diverse natural scenery, picturesque landscapes and a unique, singular culture. While the majority of visitors to the islands dedicate to surfing or relaxing on the beaches, Hawaii offers golfing, dining and shopping, a vibrant nightlife and a large variety of native Hawaii cultural centers and events. Currently, Hawaii is home to nearly 1.4 million people, with most of those residing on the main island of Hawaii (often referred to as "The Big Island" so as to avoid confusion with the state as a whole).
The state of Hawaii is made up of an extensive chain of volcanic islands. While there are 8 main islands, Hawaii is comprised of hundreds of islands spread across 1,500 miles. Nearly 98% of the states population lives on one of the 8 main islands, with most of those living on "The Big Island" of Hawaii. Given it's unique topography, geography and flora and fauna much of the state of Hawaii has been set aside as natural parks and preserves and is under the protection of the National Park Service. Hawaii has two major national parks. These include Haleakala National Park, on Maui, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the southeast region of the main island of Hawaii. If you ever get the opportunity, visiting these two parks is worth the trip.
Hawaii has a vibrant and thriving economy, but the cost of living in Hawaii is quite high in comparison to other states. In addition, Hawaii has a high state tax since health care and social services, including education, are all provided directly by the state. While Hawaii's tourist industry helps pay for this tax, through an excise tax charged to tourists and a hotel tax, the cost of living is still quite high. The cost of living in Honolulu, the state capital of Hawaii, is about 7% lower than that of New York City and 4% lower than the cost of living in San Francisco, California.
Hawaii is a great place to practice psychology if you want to live in one of America's most attractive climates. The median annual salary for psychologists in Hawaii (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) is about $75,000. Just remember that $75,000 a year in Hawaii is like earning $100,000 in Oklahoma.
To practice psychology in Hawaii you'll need a doctorate degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in psychology from an accredited psychology program. You'll also need to pass a state exam administered by the Board of Psychology under the Department of Commerce and Consumers Affairs (the same organization that regulates professional licensing in the state).
Below you'll find a comprehensive selection of psychology schools, colleges, and universities offering accredited graduate and undergraduate degree programs in psychology.
|Argosy University – Honolulu, HI|
|Brigham Young University-Hawaii – Laie, HI|
|Chaminade University of Honolulu – Honolulu, HI|
|Hawaii Pacific University – Honolulu, HI|
|University of Hawaii at Hilo – Hilo, HI|
|University of Hawaii at Manoa – Honolulu, HI|