As the cannabis industry continues to grow, jobs in the field are in high demand. And given that employment in the legal marijuana industry pays nearly 11% higher than the average US salary, it makes sense why so many people are trying to find cannabis-related jobs that fit their skill set.
Like with any industry, some jobs require more skill than others. But the beauty is that there’s room for virtually anyone in a field as broad as cannabis. From strain experts to lab workers, to accountants, cannabis jobs run the gamut.
Here are some of the most in-demand jobs in the cannabis industry on our radar for the next few years.
You’ll need to be more than a hobbyist with your own grow room to land a job as a professional grower in the industry. You’ll often need several years of experience and a degree in plant science or horticulture to make it in the door. Cultivation professionals are responsible for growing the plants, making sure they achieve their maximum yield. This requires intricate knowledge of the lighting, feeding, and watering processes and how they apply to cannabis plants. People in this role also sometimes have to interact with law enforcement and show that they are complying with industry regulations.
If you want to work around the plants themselves but don’t have the credentials to work as a grower, working as a trimmer might be the next best thing. Many cannabis trimming jobs are entry-level and include basic training on handling the plants the right way. In this role, you’ll be in charge of trimming leaves and removing mature buds in preparation for the curing process.
If you’re interested in learning more about cannabis plants and gaining exposure to the experts who grow and cultivate them, this is an excellent foot in the door.
Working in a dispensary is one of the most sought after jobs in the cannabis industry. Budtenders are the people who work the counter at the dispensary and are the go-to experts when it comes to helping customers pick out the perfect product. While these jobs can be entry-level and often don’t require any specific training, they require a certain level of knowledge and understanding of how different cannabis strains work. Customers look to budtenders to help shape their experience, which requires having excellent customer service skills and the ability to give recommendations on the products and strains they sell.
One of the few ways that state governments regulate the cannabis industry is to ensure that all of the products are tested in a lab to ensure that the right levels of cannabinoids are represented when the strains go to sale.
Workers in these labs work directly with plant material to test their cannabinoids and make sure that there are no pesticides, heavy metals, or harmful chemicals present. Working in a cannabis lab usually requires having a degree in a scientific field and some industry experience.
Cannabis business accountants are in high demand because there are laws and regulations that are specific to the industry. This role is perfect for someone to work in the industry without working directly with the product itself. While you’ll need to have an accounting degree and relevant experience, having an interest and knowledge of the cannabis space can make you a great candidate as an accountant for a marijuana-related business. Knowing things like cannabis law and how cannabis businesses are regulated differently by the IRS than other companies can also give you a huge advantage when searching for new jobs.
If you’re interested in working in the cannabis industry, you’ll be happy to know that there is no shortage of roles both directly related to cannabis and not. Depending on your skills, experience, and interest in the industry, there’s likely space for you to land the job you’ve always wanted.