Below is a list of the most popular cannabis jobs. This is only a short list, there are dozens of jobs available in the cannabis industry.
CANNABIS / HEMP CULTIVATION
The Master Grower is in charge of overseeing the overall the grow operation. He/she maintains the environment for the room and trains others to do the job while he/she is away. The Master Grower is mainly there to see that the schedule and method advocated is followed according to specs and protocols. Daily records must be kept that documents changes in chemicals and lighting for future reference, guidance and consistency. The Cultivation Site will have a log that is maintained by the Master Grower. A Master Grower Salary can range from $80-$150K per year, depending on location and size of the grow.
Junior Grower / Asst. Master Grower
The Cultivation Supervisor oversees the Grow Crew and Trimmers. They are there to fill in for the Master Grower when they are unavailable. They are the equivalent of an understudy – they must know everything the Master Grower knows, and maintains the day to day operations of the cultivation site and trains the remainder of the crew. In addition, there are usually several cultivation site workers that are under the Assistant Grower to help with the day to day tasks known as Junior Growers – they can do everything from checking PH to watering plants to trimming harvested flower. The Junior growers generally make between $30-45K per year while the Asst. Master Growers will generally make $45-70K per year.
The Inventory Manager is in charge of keeping an accurate inventory of all cannabis products in the dispensary or cultivation center as well as setting up orders to purchase or sell cannabis and cannabis products. Most Inventory Managers come into the cannabis industry with inventory experience from another industry, usually food service or retail. A Inventory Manager can make anywhere from $25-45K per year.
Marijuana Trimming Jobs – this is where many of those looking for cannabis jobs will start out. Trimmers are responsible for the manicuring and preparing of the medicine. They must be able to take raw material and prepare it for curing. This entails cutting the buds off the branches and getting them ready for the Master Grower to cure. Trimmers will generally only make around $20-25K per year if this is their only duty. However, many cultivation centers are going away from a full time trimmer and are letting their Junior Growers or Cultivation Site Workers do this among other tasks.
CANNABIS / HEMP PRODUCTION
This is one of the most sought after, highest paying, and dangerous cannabis jobs in the Marijuana industry. An extractor is the person that takes marijuana (trimmings and/or flower) and makes concentrates using different methods such as Ethanol, CO2, Butane or Nitrogen. These might then be packaged and sold or infused into an edible. An extractor must be extremely knowledgeable in this process to avoid the possibility of explosions, especially when dealing with large quantities at once. They must be aware of things like the room venting and how to monitor alarms for gas leaks, in addition to knowing the proper techniques to maximize the extraction potency. The job has a wide range from those with only a couple years experience to those with decades of experience in other industries and a PhD in Chemical Engineering. The salary ranges from $80K-$180K per year!
The Extraction Technician works under the Master Extractor to learn the safe practices and is there to assist when the Master Extractor is not available. These employees will usually have a Chemistry. Biomedicine, Plant Science or similar college degree. The salary for a Extraction Technician ranges from $45-75K per year.
The Extraction Assistant will do any task asked in the Production Environment, many times this is an employee without a college degree looking to break into the production side of the cannabis industry. This is a good first step for a couple years if you do not have a degree to be an extraction technician. An extraction technician can make anywhere from $25-45K per year.
The General Manager is the face of a dispensary. The manager must interface with staff, law enforcement, vendors, and landlords. The main responsibility of the dispensary manager is to coordinate and facilitate transactions of the dispensary. A Dispensary Manager must maintain records, have contact with the grow sites, embrace patient education and understand marketing. The manager will train employees and decide which product to carry and determine best pricing based on market conditions. Dispensary Managers are responsible for keeping up with all changes in local and state law regarding operation of the facility. The most important job of the dispensary manager is to ensure that only the best and safest quality medicine is available at the dispensary. The salary ranges from $40K-$95K per year.
The Assistant Manager is the bridge between the GM and the other employees. The assistant manager will be the one to hold daily meetings, deal with time off requests, be involved in the hiring/firing process and do most of the day to day operations while the General Manager deals with more important matters with law enforcement, vendors, and landlords. The main responsibility of the assistant dispensary manager is to assist the general manager in the running of the dispensary. Many times this position is held by a former Budtender that was promoted. The salary ranges from $31K-$40K per year.
Dispensary Agent (Budtender)
Dispensary Jobs and Budtender Jobs are the most sought after cannabis jobs in the industry for entry-level. The ones whom patients interact with on a daily basis. Dispensary Agents are responsible for greeting patients, orienting them about strains and use, methods of delivery and titration (dosage). Budtenders must know how each strain works to alleviate the different debilitating illnesses for which the cannabis was recommended. Dispensary Agents must be keenly aware of the difference of indica, sativa and their hybrids. A Budtender will maintain records of effectiveness of the strain for the patient for long-term study and future reference and maintain the dispensary legitimacy. They will be trained by the Dispensary Manager and should attend formal Budtending Seminars or Schooling. The salary ranges from $25K-$35K per year.
Dispensaries need someone at the door to check a person’s medical marijuana card and/or driver’s license. This person may often also act as security for the dispensary. This may often be a first step to get into the cannabis industry for someone with not a lot of cannabis knowledge. The salary ranges from $25K-$35K per year.