15 Unique Jobs to Consider in the Cannabis Industry

Want to get into the cannabis industry? There are tens of thousands of new jobs created every year in this sector, and companies need great people now more than ever as the growth continues. Here are 15 jobs that you should consider for your first foray into the world of cannabis. They have backgrounds in various roles and can be tailored to all kinds of unique skillsets. We hope you join the industry and help – the more people invested in the movement the faster we succeed!

Sales Rep

Every product wants to be in dispensaries, that’s where the transactions are being made. Help a company land lucrative in-store real estate.

Wholesale Buyer

Those same dispensaries need discerning buyers evaluating all the potential product offers they receive. You should probably know both the plant and the ancillary market for this role.

Tour Operator

420 tourism has become a huge draw for visitors to legal states. If you love sharing your knowledge with groups, companies always need great tour guides for dispensary tours and cannabis themed experiences.

Strain Reviewer / Writer

Love to smoke and write? Have an excellent nose and palette for the plant? There are multiple cannabis-oriented blogs that have whole sections of their website dedicated to strain reviews.

Concentrate Extractor

Love working in a science lab? The extraction companies in legal states are producing the highest-potency THC and CBD concentrates in the world for people who need extremely high dosages.

Edibles Maker

Are you a chef or baker looking to elaborate on your skillset? All you need to do is add a little cannabis oil to your recipes and you’re in business.

Trimmer

The bud has to get a little trim before it hits the shelves. If you’re fast with a pair of scissors and love getting in the zone, this is a great option.

Grower

Always had a green thumb? States that have legal cannabis programs are starved for quality farmers who love cultivating medicine for their patients.

Legal Counsel

Not every law firm will touch a cannabis case or client. Go niche and serve the cannabis industry!

Security

Some of these companies are still operating in cash ONLY. Their stores and employees need protection and transportation services.

Budtender

If you’re a people person, you should be standing behind the counter educating patients on the qualities of each product and what they can expect after consuming it.

Delivery Service

Want to keep things mobile? The future of cannabis certainly has a delivery component to it, so look for the startups trying to make it happen.

Regulator

Have a background in politics and law? Whether you’re for or against cannabis, the social and political war for complete legalization rages on.

Web Dev Provider

Cannabis companies need great websites just like every other business today. Specializing in cannabis-centric branding and marketing will make you relatable and relevant to young companies looking for help.

Store Owner

Ready to run a retail store? If you can build the team and have the connections to the industry, it’s time to launch your brand.

How to Get a Job in the Cannabis Industry

It’s the fastest growing industry in the country and it’s the most complex legal issue for the economy. Who wouldn’t want to roll the dice and take advantage of the green rush before the floodgates open? In order to make the most of your first interviews with companies working in the cannabis industry, we recommend taking the time to consider these tips.

7 Tips to Get a Job in the Weed Industry

  1. Get to Know The Plant Itself

    How much do you know about cannabis itself? Can you explain the difference between indica and sativa? What about the difference between ice water hash and BHO? Have you tried growing yourself? Having a holistic, educational foundation of cannabis will help you further appreciate the industry and help you relate to potential employers who live and breathe weed. It is very obvious to an employer if you are just in it for the money – most companies seek employees who are BOTH passionate about the plant AND skilled in what they do. Possessing only one of these qualities will simply not be enough.

  2. Stay in Tune with Legal Issues

    Are you following the legislative changes that are occurring in your state? By keeping a pulse on the regulations in the market, you’ll be fully aware of changes that could disrupt or reveal new opportunities. This awareness is a huge asset to companies constantly operating in legal gray areas. In fact, if you go to any cannabis business conference, the investor presentation will always stress that understanding the regulatory framework is a much greater predictor of success than your personal business acumen.

  3. Know the Companies Impressing You

    Have you done research on the best companies in the industry today? There are only a select few setting high standards and providing a level of product quality, customer experience, and corporate responsibility that’s on par with other established industries. Recognizing the techniques being used by the best firms will help you identify where you want to work and how you can add value to their company mission.

  4. Apply Your Non Cannabis Skill Set

    Talent is extremely hard to come by in the industry today. Whether your specialty is content, customer service, creative, operations, management, legal, agriculture…you name it…every company needs all-star employees and your background in other roles is extremely valuable. The cannabis industry is comprised of hundreds of ancillary companies that are required to keep the businesses that touch the plant operational – security services, credit unions, and staffing agencies are just a few.

  5. Demonstrate Value for Free

    Most cannabis firms are being raked over the coals by brutal taxing structures and operate on a shoestring budget. If you REALLY want to get into the industry, offer your time. Everyone is running short on it, but if you can demonstrate your value to a potential employer by giving them nothing more than your undivided effort and attention, they will notice.

  6. Create Your Own Role

    A lot of cannabis companies are understaffed, so if you see a company that could really use an Events Manager, or a Marketing Director, don’t be afraid to pitch the creation of a new role within a firm. Just because they aren’t advertising a position doesn’t mean they don’t need the help.

  7. Start Your Own Company

    If you’re feeling the entrepreneurial spirit, there are huge swaths of the market being completely under-served or even ignored altogether. Whether you go it alone or with a business partner, you’ll begin the ride of a lifetime.