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Julie AitchesonJulie AitchesonMay 22, 2020
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Leafly, the largest cannabis website in the world, issued its fourth annual Cannabis Industry Jobs Report in February, roughly a month before the outbreak of Covid-19 was officially declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Leafly’s report revealed that America remains the legal cannabis industry’s biggest employer despite a downturn related to “a slow-growing Canadian market, shrinking investment capital, a national vaping health crisis, and layoffs at some of the industry’s leading brands.”

The future still looked bright for jobs in the legal cannabis industry, designated by Leafly’s report as the fastest-growing job sector in the United States as of early February 2020. But now that the Covid-19 pandemic has detonated an economic bomb across the globe, the future of cannabis employment may look decidedly different.

In an April article for legal website FindLaw by staff writer Bridget Molitor, JD articulates the various jobs that the legal cannabis industry offers. These jobs include roles in growing, producing, manufacturing, and sales, but given persistent concerns about the perils of working in close proximity to others, the cannabis industry will need to pivot a greater proportion of its workforce towards more autonomous models for its job market to remain viable.

Work-from-home cannabis careers were out there before Covid-19 crashed the economy, and by the looks of listings on popular job search websites like Monster and Indeed (not to mention industry-specific sites like Vangst, 420 Careers and Ganjapreneur.com), opportunities to work from home are more abundant than ever. Remote sales, online support, brand ambassadors, content writers, and web designers are in high demand. 

For those willing and able to venture out in states like California and Colorado, which declared both medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries “essential businesses” during the lockdown, jobs as cannabis delivery drivers are also on the rise. In April, reporter Luke Winkie followed up on an earlier story for The Goods, which publishes market-oriented content for Vox. Winkie checked back in with an L.A. area cannabis delivery driver who he interviewed in a previous article. The driver confirmed that business had “never been better” due to panic buying and the “stay-at-home” order. 

It may be a long time before the 6 feet social distancing rule becomes a thing of the past. Until then, retail establishments need to find ways to maintain sales volume without endangering customers. While this will mean there could be fewer employees on the sales floors, it also means a surging need for workers to process and package online and phone orders for mail, vehicle delivery, and curbside pick-up. 

The legal marijuana industry sustained multiple hits to its profit margin in 2019, and still managed to maintain its status as a dominant sector of the U.S. jobs market. With that crucial advantage, and if the ubiquity of remote cannabis-related jobs crowding the job boards is any indication, the industry may be poised to weather the economic crisis better than most.


Sean HockingSean HockingMay 13, 2020
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According to reports, up to 30% of cannabis employees have lost their job during COVID-19 in Canada. We’d suggest at least 50% of these would have gone anyway but that’s another day another discussion. … Read More…

The Cannabis Talent List allows those without a job to post who they are what they are etc and it makes fascinating reading and certainly tells us which ones we both would and wouldn’t hire. But more of that later

Here’s what the creators are saying about the list

STATEMENT OF INTENT

To the Cannabis Industry: these are unprecedented times we find ourselves in. Prior to COVID19 the cannabis industry was restructuring and reducing its workforce. COVID19 has only made the employment landscape bleaker. Today, many of our friends and colleagues are out of work and we expect more layoffs in the coming months. As members of the cannabis industry, we owe it to each other to support the workforce that makes this industry possible every day. We started this database to help those who are currently out of work due to layoffs, restructuring, insolvency, etc. If you’re looking to make a permanent or temporary hire please source from this list. If you’re unable to hire right now, then reach out to candidates on this list when you can. Thank you for your continued support and for everything you do to contribute to the success of the cannabis industry.

ABOUT THE CANNABIS TALENT HELP LIST

The “Cannabis Talent Help List” is modeled after single-company layoff lists commonly used in the tech sector, and more specifically inspired by a recent list established by prospect.fyi in response to the COVID19 pandemic. It is a grassroots, community hiring tool designed to help out-of-work talent in the cannabis sector find work during the COVID19 outbreak.

HOW TO USE THE LIST

If you’re currently out of work you can add your profile to the database. You can edit your info anytime.

If you’re an employer and you’re doing layoffs, you can direct your employees to the list as a resource.

If you are hiring, you can leverage the database for active candidates looking for work.

WHO

The “Cannabis Talent Help List” is created by Jeff Ord and Alison McMahon of Cannabis At Work, in partnership with the Business of Cannabis. Inspired by the “Talent Help List” launched by prospect.fyi

Sourcehttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSoHLlCztWK3HRvXloU5UHt2PW0tUabH2vCecryR9l8gLHWKEerNmr95lgIGZOjMLD-DzhP-wY5FOJb/pubhtml#

Now… to the list itself

As of 14 May 2020, there are 253 entries with people looking for work.


StaffStaffApril 23, 2020
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Editors Note: This is a guest post.

The expansion of the cannabis industry is parallel with the increased public awareness of the marvelous benefits of cannabis for our health and wellbeing. New and current companies in the cannabis industry are constantly looking for new additions to their teams. There’s more to hiring people than reading a few resumes and choosing which one suits your company the most. Read our human resource tips and tricks that will help businesses in the cannabis industry find ideal additions to their teams. 

Know what you want

Even though it seems like such obvious advice this is where people make most mistakes. When it comes to hiring people, most businesses aim to just fill that void in the team. It’s needless to mention this can lead to a disaster. To surround yourself with a great team that will only contribute to the expansion of your cannabis business, it is necessary to know what kind of person would fit in the best. 

Keep in mind that the earliest stages of the hiring process are crucial. It’s important to ensure that everyone involved in hiring new additions to the team knows what is expected of an open position and candidates that apply. You need to set goals and communicate them with other team members clearly. 

Before you even post the job ad, it’s vital to identify what you’re looking for in a new employee or what that person can or should bring to the table. Unclear goals lead to vague job descriptions, misunderstandings, and more stress as the whole process keeps dragging. 

Create a training plan

The cannabis industry is like no other primarily because of law-related complexities. Since cannabis has a lot of complicated regulations and every company has to adhere to them, all employees need to know absolutely everything about it. If team members don’t understand the regulations it indicates the company doesn’t comply with the law and closure of the business could ensue. Therefore, when hiring people into your company it’s useful to create a training plan through which they will need to go so they can understand how regulations work. It’s also useful to mention the training plan in the job description because those who don’t want the training won’t apply. Otherwise, you could risk hiring someone who would find training tiresome and wouldn’t be dedicated to learning this important subject.

Besides regulations, you may also create a training plan in case you’re hiring people who have no experience in the cannabis industry but would like to try. The training could help them learn about different strains, benefits, and basically everything they need to know about cannabis. Go one step further and teach them about the best THC detox kit and offer tips they should know.

Publish concise job descriptions

A person who reads a job post needs to understand immediately what is expected of them should they apply and start working for your cannabis company. For that purpose, job descriptions should be concise and specific. Don’t strive to make the description as long as possible; it can be short and still deliver all the info they need to know. Specify whether you are looking for someone who’s got experience with the cannabis industry or other people can also apply. Read the job description several times before you publish it. That way you’ll avoid those awkward scenarios where you forget to mention something only for people to find out they have more tasks later on. Bearing in mind that human resources and hiring are challenging tasks you may also want to try out HR management software

Verify employee eligibility

If your cannabis business is located in the United States you need to bear in mind that Federal law requires all new employees to fill out the form called I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification. The main objective of this form is to help companies ensure the identity of their employees and authorization to work in the United States. Why is this important? Federally audited companies that neglect employee verification could face consequences and that’s the last thing you’d want.  

Hire the best

A common misconception about cannabis industry companies is that they are just as laidback as people who use marijuana. That’s not true! Although you may be compelled to hire your best friend, cousin, or even a sibling, you need to keep in mind that’s not the wisest decision. Always hire the best candidate, a person with the best qualifications and you’ll see improvements in the business overall. 

Conclusion

The cannabis industry is witnessing outstanding expansion which means competitiveness is getting tighter than ever. Finding the perfect team members isn’t the most difficult task, but you do need to be careful. The most important thing is to know what you want and express it precisely in job descriptions. Hire the best candidate and ensure they go through the training so that your business can comply with law and regulations. 

Mary Walton is a professional editor, content strategist and a part of MarijuanaDetox team. Apart from writing, Mary is passionate about hiking and gaming. Feel free to contact her via Facebook.

 


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtApril 21, 2020
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What if there were a Bumble for job hunting? A matching service to bring together the job seekers with the job fillers. That’s what the cannabis employment website Vangst has created. The company launched a new talent matching feature that puts the “first move” in the hands of the cannabis job seeker. Vangst timed it with the 420 celebrations and at a time of many cannabis company layoffs.

“The revamped Vangst website reflects our dedication to building community, advancing cannabis careers and companies and being the preeminent resource for talent matching in a time when it is needed more than ever,” says Vangst CEO Karson Humiston. “Our rapid and thoughtful response to the industry’s demands personifies Vangst’s core ethos of ‘let’s get cannabis to work.’”

The new feature on the redesigned company website will let cannabis companies upload temporary and permanent jobs, review applications and autonomously match with ideal candidates from one unified dashboard. If you’ve ever tried to fill a job on a website, you learn that one of the biggest problems is that people apply that aren’t suited at all for the job. Reviewing dozens of resumes is time-consuming and may result in overlooking a great candidate because the employer is drowning in a stack of wrong resumes. 

Employers will experience more successful matches through Vangst-Verified, a unique screening process that ensures each candidate is personally endorsed by a Vangst team member for quality and commitment. 

“We allow verified candidates to search for and apply directly for the jobs that best match their career aspirations, while on the client dashboard side of the equation, companies posting jobs can review applicant summaries and choose the talent that best matches their hiring needs based on skillset and experience. After matching, all of the mechanics of interviewing, job offers, and HR and regulatory compliance are handled by the company who is posting the job and not Vangst.”

Vangst said its premium GIGS and Direct Hire services are still available. “With our GIGS and Direct Hire services, clients are investing in a team of highly experienced cannabis industry recruiters who will handle their recruiting needs from start to finish and who go beyond Vangst-Verification to ensure that each candidate we recommend is fully vetted to meet a client’s exact hiring needs.” Vangst-Verified is what the company calls its unique screening process that ensures each eligible candidate in the network is personally verified by Vangst for quality and commitment. The company said that before a candidate’s application can be accepted, he or she must engage with our Talent Success team who will verify the candidate’s personal and professional background.

Vangst will still offer its white-glove recruiting services for clients who want an even higher level of support. Additional product and service offerings in line with its focus on connection, community and industry insight are planned to roll out later this year. 


Noemi GonzalesNoemi GonzalesMarch 6, 2020
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“Cannabis Jobs: How to Make a Living and Have a Career in the World of Legalized Marijuana” by Andrew Ward – Review

Once again with yet another book review and here I am once again thinking about what a wonderful time it is to be alive in this era of legalized marijuana industries.

Once upon a time, the notion of making money in the Cannabis industry would land you behind bars, now we have books to help you navigate the rapidly evolving industry that is cannabis.

Today we are taking a look at Andrew Ward’s “Cannabis Jobs How to Make a Living and Have a Career in the World of Legalized Marijuana” to learn more about what it takes to get a job in this field, the pros and cons to look out for, and strategies to help you lock in your marijuana-related career choice.

Are you ready to get started on this one?

Let’s see what we can learn here today!

-Topic Focus-

The cannabis industry has evolved and grown to such a point that I could not possibly sit here and list all of the potential career opportunities available in this field. This is exactly the reason why a book such as “Cannabis Jobs” become all the more relevant in these fascinating times.

While the growth is exciting it also comes with a degree of challenges. Author Andrew Ward does an incredibly competent job of helping you to understand the potential pains and challenges that might come with acquiring career paths within certain sectors of the cannabis industry and how to deal with them to achieve your goals and ride along with others on this green wave.

“Cannabis Jobs” covers both job opportunities and business start-up procedures that relate to various marijuana businesses.

In this book, you will find topics covered such as starting up dispensaries, financial and banking information, human resources challenges, how to engage in freelance work, and much more. There is content present for people with a wide variety of goals and desired outcomes, which greatly increases the value of this book.

There is even a section of the book that focuses on governmental laws/rules, which can be vital to any project in the cannabis industry.

About the Author

The author who put this incredibly useful book together is Andrew Ward.

Ward has the experience and a wide variety of cannabis-related positions and that level of expertise he has attained over the years becomes clear as you read through cannabis jobs. This author has participated in the cannabis industry in a variety of positions ranging from HR, IT, quality assurance, marketing, social media management, and even working hands-on in a dispensary.

This wide variety of perspectives gained from different experiences in the cannabis industry are bound to create a unique level of expertise that is shared here in this book.

Andrew Ward is a writer and author who has had work published in places such as Benzinga, High Times, and many more. After having graduated from Montclair State University, author Andrew Ward has been consistently covering the evolution of the cannabis industry for years now and that experience becomes abundantly clear in this book.

-Reading Experience-

After reading and studying this book one cannot help but feel a surge of Hope when it comes to gaining potential career paths in the cannabis field.

I did not sense there to be much, if any, love to this book as it gets straight to the point of focusing on the pros and cons of various cannabis jobs. The 156 pages of this book are absolutely packed with useful content that will help you to gain employment in the Cannabis industry if properly applied.

The physical copy of the book has nice size lettering so even those with challenged eyesight can absorb this useful content. The physical copy of the book has nice size lettering so even those with challenge eyesight can absorb this useful content and get involved in this incredible industry.

-Summary-

All in all, this book is clearly a useful tool that’s worth reading, studying, and reading again to further increase your chances of standing out among all the other applicants for every cannabis oriented job on the current market. You might want to be ready to take some notes as well.

“Cannabis Jobs: How to Make a Living and Have a Career in the World of Legalized Marijuana” flows smoothly and is very clearly written by someone who is knowledgeable and has experience in this desirable industry.

The physical copy is clean, sharp, and will make a wonderful addition to your bookcase.

Start the process of lining up your marijuana-related career path by getting your own copy here:

https://www.amazon.com/Cannabis-Jobs-Living-Legalized-Marijuana-ebook/dp/B0844VHNYD/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=cannabis+jobs+andrew+ward&qid=1582575484&s=digital-text&sr=1-1


StaffStaffDecember 11, 2019
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Considering the fact that the cannabis industry is still in its infancy on the grand scale, it comes as no surprise that this industry is still facing a variety of challenges and setbacks.

One of the many challenges that the cannabis industry is currently facing is appropriate levels of workforce and dealing with potential layoffs.

Let’s take a look at California as an example. California has over 7,000 licensed cannabis businesses. At the beginning of the so-called green rush we saw many businesses spring up and quickly hire as many people were trying to get involved in the industry as quickly as possible. Now you have many businesses that are laying off workers due to a combination of the intense regulations, competing with the low prices of the black market, and high taxes applied to Cannabis transactions.

A handful of well-known and respected companies in the cannabis industry were not immune to the challenges everyone in this business is facing and have also had to face layoffs of their own as well. This past October, Pax labs laid off 65 people. Pax Labs is known for manufacturing quality vaporizer pens for cannabis consumption. In that exact same month, Eaze reduced its workforce by one-fifth, which was approximately 36 employees. Eaze is a delivery platform based in the San Francisco area.
The very next month even more prominent names in the cannabis industry suffered some setbacks. Both Flow Kana and CannaCraft let go of nearly %20 of their own workforce. MedMen lost 190 employees that same November or 20% of its workforce.

Karson Humiston Founder & CEO of cannabis employment firm Vangst said, “This year, the industry’s faced a few hurdles with the vape crisis, falling stocks, and layoffs. Although there’s been a lot of noise about these obstacles, the industry is undoubtedly growing. Possibilities for job seekers are still increasing in every vertical and ancillary facet of the industry. Through the internal data collected for our 2019 salary guide, we recorded a 79% increase in total available job opportunities from 2018 to 2019. Businesses are continuing to hire not only for staple positions like budtenders, cultivators, extraction managers, and other plant-touching roles but are also hiring for ancillary roles like sales, marketing, and tech positions. Whether you’re looking to join the industry or already have cannabis experience, companies are hiring for a wide variety of skill sets. As more states continue to legalize, these opportunities will continue to grow exponentially.”

Now let’s not forget that we are still in the early stages of this industry and that we should anticipate challenges as it grows.

Consider this following data from Vangst. Vangst is known to be one of the top recruiting platforms in the cannabis industry.

– The cannabis industry is projected to create up to 414,000 jobs in the United States by 2021
– Between the years 2018 and 2019 there was a 79% increase in the total amount of available job opportunities in the cannabis industry and here in the United States.
– Projections show the potential for approximately 40% of the average company’s workforce to consist of seasonal employees and freelancers by the year 2020.

These are just a handful of examples that are backed by data that indicate the expected growth of the cannabis industry.

Here are some interesting bits of information when it comes to those applying for jobs in the cannabis industry and those looking to hire. This data is also from Vangst:

– Outside sales positions were the most applied for positions in the California cannabis industry. The most popular were the sales account manager positions.
– Sales, administrative, cultivation, and marketing are the top five most desirable positions in the cannabis industry that the majority of applicants desired in 2019.
– Marketing director and creative type positions in the cannabis industry where the most applied to positions in the state of Massachusetts the route 2019.
– The most sought-after cannabis industry jobs in the state of Nevada where those that were office administrative type positions in the year 2019.
– Packager positions are the most popular positions in the Cannabis industry in the state of Colorado. Jobs focusing around post-harvest duties received the most applications in the state of Colorado.

In summary, it is no surprise to see a degree of discomfort or growing pains as the cannabis industry begins to further proliferate. It is important to acknowledge and face these challenges while also looking toward the future with excitement as the data proves that there is still plenty of room for growth, profit, and the opportunity to help others in the cannabis industry.

 

This was a guest post by Noemi Gonzales.


Anne-Marie FischerAnne-Marie FischerSeptember 7, 2018
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This week, the first ever salary and jobs guide for the cannabis industry was released by Vangst. The platform, that considers itself “the Monster.com for weed jobs” used data from over 1200 cannabis companies (of which 70% offered medical cannabis programs) to create the snapshot of the state of jobs and salaries in the U.S. cannabis market.

Overall, the report shows that while U.S. job growth is fairly stagnant, jobs are booming within the cannabis industry, with a 690% growth in job listings between January 1, 2017, and August 1, 2018. Vangst forecasts the growth of cannabis jobs by and an additional 220% by 2019. Average salary increased 16.1% across the board between 2017 and 2018.

With this growth in jobs comes the opportunity for a more inclusive and diverse workforce.  “Given the industry is so young, current businesses and influencers in the space have the opportunity to build the cannabis industry into the most inclusive industry in the world,” says Vangst CEO Karson Humiston, “Cannabis businesses need to build diversity recruiting programs and prioritize building highly diverse companies from the start. While we are seeing many companies do this well, there is room for improvement.”

The salary section highlights common positions within the industry, positing salaries from the top, high, average, and low end. The positions that were analysed include Director of Extraction (low end salary $47,000, top salary $191,000), Director of Cultivation (low end salary $47,000, top salary $250,500), Compliance Manager (low end salary $45,000, top salary $149,000), Dispensary Store Manager (low end salary $41,500, top salary $98,000), Outside Sales Representative (low end salary $28,000, top salary $150,000), Budtender (low end $12/hr, top wage $16/hr), and Timmer (low end $11.50/hr, top wage $14.50/hr).

“We were surprised to see the drastic difference between low salaries and top salaries,” says Humiston, “It’s very clear the companies that are scaling the fastest are those which are paying on the high end and prioritizing recruiting top talent from other industries.”

In what areas can we expect to see the most growth? According to Humiston, “Cannabis technology companies are growing extremely quickly. The demand for CTOs, front and back-end engineers, product managers, business intelligence managers, and designers is rapidly increasing.”

The Jobs and Salary Guide can be found at https://vangst.com/.


Jack SmithJack SmithAugust 2, 2018
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Even though California recently surpassed the U.K. to become the world’s fifth largest economy, the cannabis economy in the Golden State could soon be surpassed by that of the Empire State, a new study shows.

The study, published by Joblift, shows that cannabis growth in California is “steadily declining,” while New York is experiencing strong growth. New York is now third in terms of gross domestic product and is experiencing a “surge in medical marijuana job postings,” with the study saying it could hold “the most potential for overall growth in the sector.”

Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New York are seeing the most job growth, New York seeing two times more job postings (155 vs. 67) in the first half of 2018, compared to the prior year. Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are also seeing strong growth in job postings, with the Keystone State seeing a five-fold surge in openings to 82. Massachusetts saw a jump by a factor of four in the same time frame.

California, the first state to legalize medical marijuana, had 856 job openings last year, while Florida and New York rounded out the top three, with 295 and 236 openings, respectively.

“The medical marijuana sector is one that everyone should keep an eye on,” says Matt Kopjak, Managing Director of the US Market at Joblift said in a statement. “The medical sector, in general, is incredibly lucrative; medical marijuana should be no different. It has the potential to create employment opportunities for a wide variety of professionals and, based on our numbers, could prove to be a boon to the American labor market.”

A recent study by BDS Analytics, shows that marijuana is expected to be legal in 35 states by 2021, employ 414,400 people and generate $40 billion annually in profits.

The medical marijuana industry is experiencing strong job growth throughout the country, with a 24 percent jump in posting over the first half of 2018, compared to the first half of 2017. In total, there were 3,367 medical marijuana-related postings over the past 12 months.

Interestingly enough, the marijuana industry is actually surpassing the strong growth seen in the entire U.S. labor market, at a time of strong economic growth. On Wednesday, ADP said the U.S. economy created 219,000 jobs, easily surpassing economists’ expectations of 185,000. The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its official report on Friday.

It’s likely that a good percentage of jobs will continue to go towards medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses or pharmacists. Joblift determined that 15 percent of the aforementioned 3,367 job openings were for medical professionals. However, Joblift also notes that other areas will continue to see a surge in listings, such as delivery drivers, marketing and sales, graphic designers and other areas.

“While at present it seems that the industry favors highly-skilled workers, there are indicators that it will create opportunities across the board,” Joblift wrote in the statement.


William SumnerWilliam SumnerMarch 1, 2018
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How do you get a job in the legal cannabis industry? That is the question asked by thousands of people every day hoping to break into the fledgling billion dollar industry, and it’s easy to see why. Cannabis has become legal, in some shape or form, in 29 US states and the District of Columbia and experts only expect that number to rise.

But with so many states to choose from, where do you go to find the best jobs in cannabis? To help that question, the online job search engine site ZipRecruiter recently published an overview of the cannabis job market, along with the Top 10 Cities for Cannabis Industry Jobs. Here’s what they found.

The State of Cannabis Employment

Overall, 2017 was a great year for cannabis employment. In the first quarter of 2017, approximately 345 job listings were added to the site, compared to just an average of just 200 per quarter in 2016. The number of job listings per quarter continued to increase throughout the year, peaking at 1548 new positions in the fourth quarter; which is due in part to the start of retail cannabis sales in California.

In the first quarter of 2018, 582 new positions were listed. Although that is a huge drop off from the previous quarter, it was still one of the best months for job growth in cannabis industry history.

Top 10 Cities for Cannabis Industry Jobs

In 2017, the top 10 cities for cannabis industry jobs were:

  1. Denver, CO
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Seattle, WA
  5. Portland, OR
  6. Sacramento, CA
  7. Spokane, WA
  8. Miami, FL
  9. Chicago, IL
  10. Boston, MA

Unsurprisingly, eight of the top cities for cannabis jobs were in Colorado, Washington, Massachusetts, and California; states that have legalized recreational cannabis. Denver had the most, with 413 open positions, while Boston rounded out the bottom of the list with 67.

 

Top 10 Cities for Cannabis Industry Growth

But pure numbers aren’t everything, growth is important too. ZipRecruiter also took a look at the top 10 cities for cannabis industry growth. Here’s what they found:

  1. Spokane, WA
  2. Miami, FL
  3. Deltona, FL
  4. Baltimore, MD
  5. Dallas, TX
  6. Philadelphia, PA
  7. New York, NY
  8. Lincoln, NE
  9. Chicago, IL
  10. Pueblo, CO

Legal cannabis may be a hot commodity on the West Coast, but seemingly most of the industry’s growth is coming from the East Coast where states like Florida and New York have just begun to get their medical cannabis programs off the ground and look poised to legalize recreational cannabis in the coming years.

Regardless, with more states than ever before opening up to legal cannabis, the industry is set to experience explosive growth over the coming years; which means there is still more than enough room for those hoping to break into this burgeoning industry.


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtDecember 7, 2017
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It seems everyone wants to work in the cannabis industry. Indeed.com found that in 2017, the interest in searching for cannabis jobs grew by 401% in the United States. In Canada, marijuana job searches grew by 320%, outpacing tech inquiries which only grew by 90%.

Chart provided by Indeed.com.

It isn’t only job seekers flocking to Indeed, cannabis employers have increased job postings by 251% since November 2015. No surprise, California is leading the pack with 33% of the cannabis job postings as the state ramps up for full legalization in January. Colorado is in second place with 15% of the job offerings, but 19% of the job seekers want those gigs causing a talent mismatch. In other words, demand is higher than supply.

Chart provided by Indeed.com.
Cannabis Jobs Are Growing

Karson Humiston, Founder of cannabis job recruiting firm Vangst Talent and the job board Vangsters said that at the beginning of the year there were 121,000 full-time employees in the cannabis industry and that number has now grown to 149,308. In 2016, she said the average salary was $47,620 and that has now jumped to $53,212.

“The highest paid positions we’re seeing right now are on the cultivation side,” said Humiston. ”A head grower can make $102,000 a year, plus a production-based bonus. If production goals are met, the employee can often get a 30% bonus.” She also noted that a new trend is that employers are willing to pay to relocate an employee to a newly legalized state. “Some cultivation employees feel that states like Colorado have a saturated job market and they prefer a new state where there are fewer people with such skills,” Humiston added. It’s more promising for one’s career to be the big fish in a little pond.

Another area that is in strong demand for cannabis companies is on the technology side. She noted that many people from Silicon Valley are shifting over to cannabis where the pay is becoming more in line with traditional tech companies. “We have 15 jobs to fill for Baker and 10 of them are tech jobs,” said Humiston. “We’re pulling from some well-known tech companies.”

Cannabis Jobs Pay Better

Cannabis tech company Duber Partners found that for each employee in the cannabis industry there are 275 cannabis consumers. The jobs in the cannabis industry are also looking more lucrative than traditional jobs. For example, Duber found that dispensary budtenders (employees that assist shoppers in making purchasing decisions) make $7,000 more than bartenders. Cannabis grow masters earn twice as much as traditional farmers earn and concentrate extraction tech workers make twice as much as chemistry teachers. Breaking Bad’s Walter White chose the wrong product.

If you don’t live in a legalized state, you probably have no idea what these jobs pay. PayScale reviewed cannabis industry data and determined a median income snapshot for emerging jobs in the industry.

Job Title Median Pay Median Weekly Tips
Medical Marijuana Grower $38,000 $0
Retail Store Manager (Cannabis) $44,000 $0
Budtender $28,300 $98
Operations Manager (Cannabis) $43,500 $0

Marcie Robins, the founder of Kushie Jobs noted that many companies in California are waiting for the rules and regulations to be made official before committing to new employees. “Job seekers are really excited to get going,” she said. Another area that is growing in demand is culinary cannabis arts. “One of our job seeker’s is actually a classically trained Chef out of the cordon blue in Florence Italy,” said Robins.

The Intersection Of Cannabis And Traditional Jobs

Neither Robins or Humiston had any concerns about competition from Indeed. Both said they use the service and feel it just gives more credibility to the industry.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics currently has no coding in place to track cannabis industry jobs, but a spokesman for the BLS said there is still a plan to do so. It was originally expected to be rolled out by the end of 2017, but that hasn’t happened yet as the department awaits approvals for the new jobs coding.

While many legalized states have focused on the tax revenues that marijuana brings, new jobs could be the bigger bonus. The new jobs cause a ripple effect, where the employees begin spending their new income and the local economy improves as a result. The industry is also drawing workers that are ready to leave the traditional workforce for something new and exciting.



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