Jobs In The Cannabis Industry
Years ago, if you were going to get a job in the cannabis field, you would have to have been a drug dealer. Back then, your chosen career could easily land you behind bars. With the changes in the laws over the last decade or so, this has all changed. Many states in the U.S. have made medical marijuana legal, and there are some who have legalized recreational marijuana. Today, there are plenty of jobs in the cannabis industry that can be both fulfilling and lucrative.
1. Master Extractor
If you are going to get into this field, you will need to have a Ph.D. in biochemistry. This job involves overseeing the production of the effective oils and concentrates that are harvested from marijuana plants. You would work in a laboratory and follow government regulations and safety standards. Master extractors can make between $80,000 to $250,000+ per year, depending on where you are working.
2. Master Grower
Without the master grower, the cannabis industry wouldn’t exist. The master grower is responsible for the cultivation of healthy marijuana plants. There is a lot that goes into growing and planting. You need to be good at cloning, keeping the crop healthy, pest control and overseeing the grow house technology. Most people who are hired for these jobs have a background in horticulture or botany. A master grower can make between $50,000 to 120,000+ per year.
3. Extraction Technician
This job is often open to candidates who have had some sort of science education. As an extraction technician, you would work under the master extractor. You would be responsible for operating sophisticated equipment to extracts the oils from the marijuana plants. You would also need to make sure that the laboratory is always safe and clean. Finally, you would be responsible for controlling the laboratory inventory.
Weed-trimming is an entry-level position. You would be responsible for removing the buds from the stems of marijuana plants that have been harvested. When trimming, you need to make sure that the final product is visually appealing. The job requires speed, precision, and a very careful approach. It is your job to minimize waste. This is an excellent job if you have landscaping or gardening experience. Most dispensaries will also train the right person. As a trimmer, you can make between $17,000 to $41,000+.
5. Edibles Chef
These jobs are often offered to people who have had some training in culinary arts. Marijuana or the extracts can be infused into candy, cookies, brownies, soda, butter, and other treats. To do this job, you need to be able to create delicious treats while adding the correct amount of marijuana or THC in each edible. You can make pretty good money as an edible chef. The average pay is between $40,000 to 90,000+ per year.
6. Marijuana and Edible Packager
Once the edibles are made, and marijuana has been trimmed, they need to be correctly packaged. This is an entry-level job that requires very little skill and experience. As long as you can use a scale and a printer, you can handle this job. If you work hard and do well, you an advance in the cannabis field.
7. Dispensary Manager
Marijuana dispensaries are just like any other retail store, which means that they require proper management. Many dispensary managers have experience managing high-end apparel stores and retail outlets. In some cases, there is room for growth in the field. As a dispensary manager, you would have many of the same responsibilities that you had when managing a store. Dispensary managers can make between $40.000 to $75,000+ per year. Many dispensaries also offer performance bonuses, medical insurance, and paid vacations. If you are promoted to overseeing more than one dispensary, you can earn six figures. Overall, it is a pretty good gig.
If you are a people person and you know your marijuana strains, this would be an excellent job for you. It would be your job to work with the dispensary customers to help them choose between sativa, indicia, and hybrid strains. Your customers will let you know what they want their marijuana to do for them so that you can recommend the best product to meet their needs. Working as a budtender, you can make between $21,000 and $40,00+. When you give your customers great advice, you might even make some great tips. If you don’t enjoy working with the public, this might not be the best job for you.
9. Marijuana Courier
Some medical marijuana users are too sick to get to the dispensary on their own. Because of this, many dispensaries offer a delivery service. If you have a registered and insured vehicle, you can get a job as a courier. This job pays between $19,000 and $35,000+. You can also get tips from your customers.
10. Dispensary Cashier
Like any retail store, the dispensary will need a cashier. You would cash out customers after they have made their choice. You would also answer the phones to take any delivery orders. This is an entry-level position. Over time, you can work your way up in the company. If you work hard, you might even be able to manage your own store. This job pays between $20,000 and $37,000 per year.
If you are thinking about getting into the marijuana industry, there are a number of jobs that you can get. If you have the necessary degrees, you can get a job growing, extracting, or baking. If you don’t have a college degree, you can work as a trimmer, a packager, courier, or cashier, and eventually work your way up in the company. Not only can cannabis jobs be lucrative, but they can also be fun. If you are thinking about getting into the cannabis industry, you should visit your local dispensary. They can let you know if they have anything available, or point you in the right direction to start your new career.