I finally figured this out and it actually resolved most of the QGIS Mac issues. Turns out Macs privacy protections got ramped up last year at some point and really locked down installs so complete QGIS installs weren't happening. Python and GDAL dependencies are being treated as malicious software and so they need permissions to download and install on the computers. As is, these aren't being installed with the QGIS Mac OS installers on the QGIS website. You need to do this manually.
- Go to the Python website to download the latest stable version: https://www.python.org/downloads/mac-osx/
You need this to complete the gdal install. I downloaded 3.8 by choosing the
Download macOS 64-bit installer link.
- Then download the complete GDAL installer from here: https://www.kyngchaos.com/software/frameworks/
At this time, it is "GDAL 3.1 Complete"
***If you get a malicious software won't install warning for any of these, go to the
Apple menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General Tab > Allow Anyway.
To view file paths in Mac, open up a Finder window, click the
View menu > Show Paths.
To check things are installed properly, Python can be found under
Gdal can be found under
Library > Application Support > GDAL.
- Within QGIS, open up the Settings (you can get to this by selecting the wrench icon in the Processing Toolbox.
Settings > Options > System > Environment Enable
Use Custom Variables (check mark in the box)
Prepend, under variable enter
PATH, under value enter (***Make sure you update the pathname with the version you downloaded. In this example, this was python 3.8 but yours may be different depending on when you download this.)