Complete Marijuana Jobs Guide: Which Cannabis Job is Right for You?
There are a number of ways to take advantage of the numerous marijuana jobs being created. Not only are marijuana jobs some of the most in-demand jobs on the market they are also some of the most profitable and rewarding options as well. If you’re interested in learning more about cannabis jobs, read on to find the right job fit for you.
The Legal Side of Marijuana Jobs
If you haven’t been keeping up with the drastic legal changes with cannabis in the U.S, you’ll want to take a closer look at this evolving market.
As it currently stands, over half the US has legalized medicinal cannabis, with ten states now having full legalization of recreational cannabis. As a result, marijuana jobs are on the rise in a number of fields.
It’s important to keep in mind that with new laws come big changes, especially when it comes to grey areas like taxation and import/export laws. This means that some occupations that don’t exist now, may exist in the near future, once legal issues have been ironed out.
The Green Rush
In 2017, the legalized cannabis market brought in almost 8 billion dollars, and that was just the start. The market has since grown and cannabis jobs are on the rise.
The beautiful thing about this rapidly growing market is that it provides thousands of employment opportunities for individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Currently the estimate is between 250,000-300,000 people are currently employed by the cannabis industry in the United States.
In fact, it’s safe to say the almost any career choice has a place in this new found Green Rush, with major earning potentials.
Top Marijuana Jobs
Naturally, among this rapidly growing market, a few career options are bound to shine. The good news is, you don’t have to be an expert in cannabis to find such employment.
Whether you come from a science background or a tourism background, you’ll find a career choice in the list below.
Budtender (Dispensary Agents)
Like your favorite local bartender, but better. Budtenders are the expert salesmen, and more importantly cannabis product specialists, that you’ll find in local dispensaries that come with vast knowledge on different cannabis products they sell in their dispensary.
Not only are these Budtenders a great resource for those who are new to cannabis and aren’t sure where to start, but they can also refer new cannabis products as well as specific products with specific terpenes and cannabinoids profiles to assist certain ailments. Your Budtenders are the face of the dispensary and of the cannabis industry, so profressionalism is paramount.
Your best Budtenders are usually promoted relatively quickly to a Team Lead or Asst. Manager, and when a new store opens, they are often then promoted to be a manager of the new store or take over the current store if the current manager leaves.
Do you have experience working in a factory or assembly line? Processing centers hire several people to work their packaging line to package their complete products such as vape cartridges, edibles, topicals, etc.
This position is also the first step into a career in cannabis extraction. The best employees are often promoted to Asst. Extractors to learn from the Lead Extractor and start getting experience with the processing part of the cannabis industry.
Trimmers / Cultivation Site Workers
You can often obtain a trimmer job with no previous experience, and cultivation site workers are generally those who have some type of nursery experience or horticulture/agriculture education. Many times, trimmers will be promoted to Cultivation Site Workers.
Cultivation Site workers may be promoted to Asst. Growers after a period of time and start training under the Director of Cultivation. After a few years working under a Master Grower they may be ready to go out and find their own Director of Cultivation job!
Marijuana Real Estate
Real estate has always been a smart career move, particularly when it pertains to business real estate. A booming cannabis market means a growing necessity for agriculture space.
However, each state has its own laws on cannabis land usage. Which is why having a blend of legal, agricultural, and real estate knowledge is ideal for this position.
When the ban on alcohol was lifted it created a whole new genre of marketing, which resulted in the alcoholic-beverage industry spending over $400 million on advertising in just one quarter.
With such promising forecasts for the cannabis industry, it’s easy to see how working within this niche marketing field could bring in big money. If you have a skillset that can be applied to project management, copywriting, or even graphic design, a cannabis marketing agency may be the ideal choice for you.
Offering marketing consultations on subjects like logos, packaging, and branding can also be a valuable service, considering the number of new cannabis businesses hitting the market. Additionally, many new cultivation centers/dispensaries hire their own marketing team to get their product/brand name out there.
Whether it’s simply to enjoy some quality cannabis or to find medicinal treatment not offered in their home state, a number of people are traveling the country to purchase legal cannabis in states that allow it.
As a result, cannabis tours, travel packages, and even Airbnb’s are on the rise. If you have a background in tourism or hospitality and a passion to educate the public on cannabis, you’ll find the cannabis tourism industry is a solid fit.
Finding Your Place in the Green Rush
With an increase in marijuana jobs, there’s never been a better time to make money in this booming industry. If you’re afraid you lack the experience you can always enroll in a cannabis training course to gain more knowledge on the subject. HempStaff offers training for the dispensary side of the industry.
There are multiple ways to pursue your passion within the cannabis field, helping others while growing awareness of its many benefits. Check out our other blogs to learn more about this growing field.