Working in the Cannabis Industry: 10 Career Opportunities

To the delight of millions across the nation, more and more states are legalizing the cannabis use for both recreational and medical use. In 2018, cannabis was responsible for the creation of more than 250,000 jobs and $10 billion in profits. The booming industry is only expected to expand; an NBC report expected profits to reach a whopping $16 billion by 2019. This means that there will be even greater demand for people who wish to work in the cannabis industry.

Budtender: Budtenders work in dispensaries and help patrons/patients choose the right strain of flower to meet their needs. If you are a people person with good customer service skills and knowledge of different sativas, indicas, and hybrid strains, this would be an excellent position for you. Budtenders can expect to make an average of $21-40k.

Dispensary Manager: Like any successful retail outlet, dispensaries need store managers. An ideal manager would have knowledge of both pharmacology and retail management and can expect to rake in $40-75k, in addition to great health benefits, promotions, and vacation time.

Dispensary Owner: A cannabis dispensary owner can make as much as $100k or more per year but must keep up-to-date with the differing state laws in regards to cannabis and know how to follow them.

Edibles Chef: A cannabis edibles chef oversees the extracts that go into brownies, sour candies, chocolates, tea, and other delicious treats. Folks with experience in the food industry, particularly those who hold a culinary degree, are typically the best candidates for this position that pays $40-90k.

Master Growers: Master growers are responsible for everything that goes into the cultivation of healthy cannabis plants - including planting, cloning, pest management, and grow house technology, to name a few. Depending on how well they do their jobs, master growers make anywhere from $50 to $120k with bonuses.

Dispensary Receptionist: Every successful business needs a good front end representative, and this entry-level position is just that. Receptionists answer phone calls, greet customers, and help to handle sales transactions. This job starts at $20k but can open doors for rapid promotions and raises to the tune of $37k.

Courier: Marijuana couriers can expect to make about $19-35k yearly and are responsible for making sure patients receive their orders in a timely and professional manner.

Cannabis Tester: This may be the dream job of many cannabis users. Cannabis Testers are also known as Quality Control Inspectors. It's not all fun and games though - these folks ensure that the flower meets safety and potency standards, and can expect to earn $50k-$100k.

Trimmer/Harvester/Cultivator: Cannabis trimmers remove the buds from the cannabis plants, minimizing waste and increasing aesthetic appeal. Trimming jobs are also a very common entry-level position in the cannabis industry, and pay $17-$41k.

Security Guard: Paying $20-$50k a year, this position may not be the most exciting in the cannabis industry, but it is a necessary one. These guys and gals are responsible to prevent loss and keep clients secure.

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