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Last updated: September 30, 2022
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Interested in a new and upcoming industry? It’s projected that by 2022, there will be an additional 340,000 full-time cannabis industry jobs.

Where are the cannabis job openings located?

They are located in some areas that you may not even have considered!

| New legal states | How cannabis industry jobs are growing | |------------------|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | **Arkansas ** | Not too long ago, President of Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (ACIA), Storm Nolan, predicted there to be at least 500 new jobs (6). Now, they are well past that number and growing. | | Florida | In 2019, over 15,000 people had jobs in cannabis. This number isn’t too far behind the number of cannabis employees in states like California, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. | | Illinois | This state is expected to solidify itself as one of the strongest cannabis markets in the country. Early 2020 data is showing that Illinois has a $470 million dollar market. And the market supports over 9000 jobs. As adult-use continues to expand, so will job opportunities. | | Ohio | After being medically legal for just over one year, medical cannabis created over 4,000 jobs. Currently, there are actually more open jobs than candidates! | | Oklahoma | The cannabis industry economy in OK is growing fast. Oklahoma added over 7,000 jobs in just one year. They TRIPLED their medical sales to $350 million, having 221 percent growth in 2019 alone. Now, Oklahoma has well over 9,000 full-time jobs and it’s quickly approaching the 10K mark. |

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What roles are available in the cannabis industry?

Budtender, Dispensary Tech, Dispensary Agent

This entry-level cannabis industry job is highly sought after. When a customer comes into a dispensary, you’ll be the face they see! In order to succeed in this role, you’ll need stellar interpersonal skills and a knack for customer service.

Another important part of this job is being able to help people find what product they're looking for, as well as checking IDs and medical cards. Many states are now requiring dispensary training for all dispensary employees. Even in states that don’t require training, it goes to reason that trained applicants get the job over non-trained applicants most of the time.

Promotions happen quickly in the cannabis industry and many dispensary managers started out as budtenders a few years prior.

Cultivation Site Worker/Trimmer

Another great entry-level cannabis job. Lots of people entering the cannabis industry will get their feet wet as trimmers. While working at the cultivation site, you’ll be responsible for trimming the leaves and removing buds from the stems in preparation for curing and sale.

If you’re interested in becoming a master grower or anything higher up on the cultivation side of the industry, this is a great place to start. You’ll be provided with first-hand experience with the growing process, which will be invaluable as you work your way up in your career. As we discussed, promotions happen quickly, so you can easily go from Trimmer to Site Cultivation Worker to Asst. Grower in just a couple of years.

Dispensary Manager

This is a great position for someone with management experience in retail or prior experience in pharmacology or prior experience working as a Team Lead for a Cannabis Dispensary.

As the manager, you’ll be the face of the dispensary. That means that you’re responsible for interacting with law enforcement, inspectors, landlords, and vendors and it’s your job to manage the dispensary’s staff. However, with more pay comes more responsibility – a bad manager can destroy a dispensary very quickly.

Delivery Driver

As a delivery driver in the cannabis industry, there are two different roles you could fulfill.

The first is providing house calls for medical patients who are unable to go to the dispensary, in states that allow for home deliveries. This is a job for a compassionate and patient person with a clean driving record. It is pretty much a traveling Budtender.

The other way you could be a marijuana delivery driver is by acting as a courier for the company. This means that you’d be responsible for driving the cannabis from the cultivation center to either the dispensary or a processing center. This usually requires previous armored truck experience, military or police experience.

Extractor

Far from an entry-level position, this is a high-paying, highly competitive job that comes with high risks.

An extractor is responsible for making cannabis concentrates or products through different chemical processes. This is a role for a very skilled and highly-trained person because if done improperly it could lead to explosions in the lab.

Most extractors have been working in a cannabis extraction lab for many years and most also have a degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. Experience extractors for larger companies can make upwards of $180,000/year!

Laboratory Workers

Testing labs are essential to the legal cannabis industry and more of them are opening every year.

Lab testing is a way that state and local governments can ensure that patients are receiving safe products. In testing cannabis, lab testers check to make sure there are the proper levels of cannabinoids present, as well as making sure there are no heavy metals or pesticides.

In order to work in a cannabis testing lab, there are a number of requirements you have to fulfill. Find out if you have what it takes to work in a testing lab.

Sales and Marketing

As the industry continues to expand throughout the nation, companies are hiring Sales and Marketing people to represent their products. This could mean B2B sales interstate or intrastate, depending on the products. If this is your field and you’re looking to break into the cannabis industry, you’re in luck!

Cannabis Sales position requirements are like sales position requirements in any other industry. If you have a proven track record in sales, you can be successful in cannabis sales as well. Many of these jobs are even done remotely, so you don’t have to live in the area of the company you are marketing.

Master Grower

Also known as the Director of Cultivation, this position requires years of growing experience in the legal cannabis industry and/or a degree in horticulture.

As the master grower, it’s your responsibility to manage a team of growers as well as interact with law enforcement and compliance inspectors. You’ll also be overseeing the planting, feeding, and watering process, and keep a detailed daily log of lighting, chemical use, and any other factors that could affect the growing process. A master grower, with years of legal experience, can make upwards of $150,000/year for larger companies.

Security

If you’re interested in working security in the marijuana industry, there are plenty of opportunities. Cannabis is a valuable product and still catches a pretty penny on the black market, so it’s important for companies to protect their staff, the patients, and their products. There are often security guards at both dispensaries and cultivation centers for everyone’s safety.

If you have experience in security, police, military, or corrections experience, you would be qualified for Cannabis Security positions. Closed caption TV monitoring experience is also a plus.

Accountant

This is another way to jump into the marijuana industry without coming in direct contact with the plants.

An accountant in the cannabis business would be much like one in any other business, responsible for keeping track of the finances, payroll, taxes, budgets, and much more. However, cannabis is regulated by the IRS differently than any other industry. So be prepared to learn a whole new tax law if you decide to switch into the marijuana industry.

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Would you consider working in the cannabis industry? Let us know in the comments below!

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Gene Rice

What about IT roles. I'm a web/Sharepoint developer and would gladly move to a legal state for a job in the industry.

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Gary Cook

I'm an unemployed analytical chemist in SW Michigan who would love to analyze the stuff.

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J.L. Armstrong

I would be interested in the sales and are Manager. Let me know when it opens up in the Southeast Texas area (Beaumont, Port Arthur, Houston Texas area, and are Jasper, Polk, Hardin counties.

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Yvonne Robinson

I live in Augusta Ga and moved here from NJ 4 years ago. I was on medical marijuana in NJ. Unfortunately Georgia is not legal for medical marijuana. I am a veteran and would like to be an accountant whenever Georgia goes legal

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Marilyn P Jacobs

Yes

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Kathy Franklin

It would be great for people who could really use it for medical reasons.

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James Grigsby

Yes very much

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Regine Carney

I am a sales professional with over 25 successful solid years in sales.

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Kiet Nguyen

Ilive in North Hollywood California looking for the delivery for Cannabis company any lactation closed by.?for me get application apply for working

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Alvis Suits

Yes

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