The Cannabis Industry Green Rush

We see a budding source of employment, what do you see?

690% Increase

The total number of cannabis industry job posts in 2017-2018 increased by 690%, compared to an increase of only 18% in the previous period, and is projected to grow by 220% in 2019.

(Vangst)

Tech and Health

Currently, job posts in the cannabis industry are outpacing both tech (254% growth) and healthcare (70% growth).

(ZipRecruiter)

Legal in 10 States

Recreational weed is legal in ten and medical marijuana is legal in 33 states as of January 2019.

(Business Insider)

$12.2 Billion

Worldwide Legal Cannabis Spending Hits $12.2 Billion in 2018, projected to Grow 38% to $16.9 Billion in 2019.

(GlobeNewswire)

Farm Bill

The Farm Bill was officially signed into law, legalizing hemp, marking a shift in federal policy towards the cannabis plant in the United States.

(National Agricultural Law Center)

LV - Top 10th City

Las Vegas is ranked as one of the top 10 US cities in terms of both job opportunities and significant job growth in the cannabis industry.

(ZipRecruiter)

Salary 16.1% Increase

The average salary for cannabis-related job positions increased by 16.1% in 2017-2018.

(Vangst)

Who’s Working with Cannabis and Feeling High on Success?

Lots of People.


Check out these common cannabis job opportunities.

Master Grower / Head Cultivator

Salary Range:

$60k – $120k

Job Description:

Doesn’t the name ‘Master Grower’ sound awesome? The crazy part is it’s not normally a formal or official status within the legal cannabis industry. So how does one earn the coveted title of ‘Master Grower’? You gotta earn it by your peers in the cannabis industry.  Master Growers must not only be well versed and experienced in the growing of cannabis but be generally educated in the fields of horticulture, agriculture and/or botany. Talk about a smart, hard-working stoner!  

Cultivation / Production (Manufacturing) Product Sales

Salary Range:

$50k – $100k

Job Description:

Product sales specialists work with clients, sales staff, and product development teams in the marijuana industry. They’re the middle man. Kinda like your old drug dealer who purchased zips from his guy to sell you eighths. Except these people are trained to oversee the sales of only the best product. Specific responsibilities may vary but they essentially act as a conduit between those who cultivate cannabis products and those who buy them for distribution to consumers.

Marijuana Quality-Control Inspector

Salary Range:

$50k – $100k

Job Description:

One of the best parts about legal marijuana is that it’s quality-controlled. But who does all this quality-controlling’? A quality control inspector, of course. This person is responsible for maintaining safety and quality standards to ensure regulatory compliance. With all that responsibility comes a pretty hefty salary. #Chaching

Dispensary Manager

Salary Range:

$40k – $100k

Job Description:

When it comes to dispensaries, somebody’s gotta run the place to keep a clean and safe environment. Without a dispensary manager, people could lose their heads from all the confusion. This person is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the dispensary and provides support to all Cashiers, Dispensary Agents, and Patient/Customer Coordinators. Without he/she, who would order and receive all the inventory and products, arrange deliveries, maintain compliance so the dispensary doesn’t get shut down? No one. That’s right.

Edibles Chef

Salary Range:

$40k – $90k

Job Description:

Like to cook? Like weed? A position as an edibles chef might be in your future. Cannabis chefs, also known as marijuana edibles chefs, infuse food and drinks with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical compound in marijuana. It is the job of the cannabis chef to find creative ways to use marijuana-infused butters and oils, along with other cannabis concentrates, to create consumables for medical and recreational use. There’s an art to the science, which has led to cannabis dinner parties popping up around the country. Yum.

Cannabis Lab Science Director

Salary Range:

$70k +

Job Description:

Are you into science? Are you into weed? Then you might be into getting a job as a Cannabis Lab Science Director. This job gives you not only an awesome title, but it also gives you a chance to practice all your science knowledge in the world of weed. Marijuana lab directors oversee lab technicians and other personnel in facilities that produce and process marijuana and marijuana products. They’re responsible for quality assurance and quality control, which typically includes conducting analytical testing and reviewing data. Marijuana lab directors also must ensure that the facility is in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, but don’t let that deter you from all the other awesome components to this job.

Master Extractor

Salary Range:

$60k +

Job Description:

Cannabis master extractors manage cannabis extraction facilities. They utilize their knowledge of cannabis, chemical and organic chemistry, and lab management to make a bunch of bomb weed products. These are the guys and girls that produce top quality concentrate products, the only stuff we want to consume. Integrating robust quality control standards, safe production facility practices, and efficient manufacturing processes ensures a quality product that exceeds all governmental standards and regulations. In other words, they know how to make really dank weed products.

Production (Manufacturing), Cultivation Managers

Salary Range:

$60k +

Job Description:

Surprising to some, dank weed does not normally grow itself. They are finicky little plants that require a lot of attention to achieve their best dankness. The cultivation manager is responsible for ensuring that each marijuana plant gets all the attention and love it needs to grow up and produce smokable buds. Cultivation managers check various performance standards including, but not limited to, stock plant maintenance, cloning, irrigation, pest control, climate control and the scheduling of propagation.

Government Cannabis Inspector

Salary Range:

$60k +

Job Description:

We like to think that government and cannabis go together like peanut butter and jelly…  bacon and eggs… grilled cheese and tomato soup… Don’t believe us? Try becoming a Government Cannabis Inspector! These officials conduct inspections to verify that licensed producers are meeting requirements including, but not limited to, the physical security requirements for the site, record-keeping practices, and good production practices. Without the (state) government, we wouldn’t even have legal and regulated weed to begin with. Of course, without the federal government, we wouldn’t have been smoking it illegally for decades! Oh, the irony.

Marketing Manager

Salary Range:

$50k +

Job Description:

Marketing and marijuana sound like a lot of fun together. But the cannabis plant is still federally illegal, which makes marketing the plant a heck of a lot more complicated. The marketing manager manages the day to day marketing activities of a cannabis company and essentially is in charge of making sure their advertising efforts don’t get shut down.  These professionals must have detailed knowledge of the ever-changing marketing and advertising regulations enforced by their state and advertising organizations. They should also have the ability to think outside the box and come up with creative marketing ideas that are on the up and up.

Cannabis Laboratory Technician

Salary Range:

$50k +

Job Description:

Before you can take the coveted title of Cannabis Lab Science Director, you gotta go through the ropes first. Work your way up to “cannabis” ladder, so-to-speak. The Lab Technician is where it all begins. This person is responsible for product processing and formulation, maintaining quality control, and completing regulation tasks delegated by the Lab Manager. Without the Cannabis Lab Technician, the most important work would never get done!

Security Agent

Salary Range:

$20k – $47k

Job Description:

We bet you’re tired of working long nights at the club, throwing up drunk people and watching more drunk people puke on the curb. Gross! We’d be over that job too. But if you love security, where else is there to turn? Weed. That’s where. Cannabis security agents provide support to cannabis companies by maintaining a safe and secure environment for employees and visitors to the facility. Its a tough job keeping all that marijuana safe, but someone’s gotta do it.

Extraction Technician

Salary Range:

$27k – $43k

Job Description:

Maybe you feel like the lab is for you but you still haven’t found your place yet. That’s okay! There are lots of cannabis lab jobs just calling your name. For one, the Extraction Technician works as part of the Production Team that’s responsible for producing cannabis products. As a member of this team, you will operate and maintain laboratory-based equipment related to cannabis derivative production. Don’t worry, you get all the training you need. Just don’t break anything.

Trimmer, Harvester, or Cultivation Technician

Salary Range:

$17k – $41k

Job Description:

Like being around weed? Smelling it? Touching it? Loving it? Well, the job of a trimmer might be the perfect fit for a dedicated stoner such as yourself. This person or tool trims the plants to maximize the THC-producing parts of the plants. The trimming is done right before and during the drying stage of the plants. Talk about a skunk smelling job! (We’ll take it.)

Budtender

Salary Range:

$21k – $40k

Job Description:

Possibly the most popular of the cannabis industry jobs, this is a customer service job assisting customers with sales at cannabis dispensaries. These are the guys and girls that we see when picking up our product at the local dispensary.  Not only does a budtender answer a variety of cannabis questions and concerns, but they also have the ability to provide recommendations based on a dispensary customer’s needs. Now is your chance to stop serving alcohol to drunks at the local bar and start serving weed to patients and potheads. Yes!

Marijuana or Edibles Packager

Salary Range:

$17k – $40k

Job Description:

Like weed but not that into other people? The cannabis packager is the job for you. You help ensure that cannabis or edible items are packed in accordance with state regulations and you help get the product ready for shipment. Because of you, the world won’t come to an end, the people will get their cannabis products, and you can sleep well at night knowing that you contributed to the betterment of the world. #boom

Dispensary Receptionist or Cashier

Salary Range:

$20k – $37k

Job Description:

While marijuana remains federally illegal, the marijuana business remains a cash business. As the dispensary cashier, you are responsible for handling a lot of cash. We’re talking a pretty big pot of gold that you are responsible for accurately counting. Plus, you get to count all cash register transactions for customers and patients in marijuana dispensaries, including following all company accounting procedures. Talk about getting your hands on a lot of money (that isn’t technically yours, but who are we to rely on technicalities).

Marijuana Courier

Salary Range:

$19k – $35k

Job Description:

The days of pizza deliverers hogging the streets are over! Now anyone can get on the road to deliver goods, food, and people. This is your chance to get on the road and deliver something even better: weed. Couriers are responsible for the secure and reliable transportation of cannabis orders. They must always carry proper legal documents with all that marijuana, so they aren’t mistaken for drug dealers, you know.