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Debra BorchardtFebruary 2, 2021


Cannabis employment company Vangst recently released its new “Cannabis Industry Salary Guide” and while some news is encouraging, there is still a long way to go for cannabis companies. On a positive note, job creation is increasing, and more women are employed by cannabis companies. Unfortunately, entry-level jobs don’t pay much more fast food gigs and the employees are overwhelmingly white.

The Good News

Vangst projects that 26,241 new cannabis jobs will be added by 2025. The company bases this projection on the five newly legalized states: Arizona, New Jersey, Mississippi, Montana, and South Dakota.

State Arizona New Jersey Mississippi Montana South Dakota
2019 Cannabis Jobs 15,059 2,356 0 1,800 0
Projected 2025 cannabis jobs 16,037 21,393 1,509 2,552 2,965
Increase +978 +19,037 +1,509 +1.752 +2,965

Figures provided by Vangst

Vangst said that maturing markets are seeing a shift in hiring trends as companies adapt to a new pandemic environment. Many companies had to cut back on its employees as COVID disrupted the retail and office environments. Companies also had to move towards more digital options and increase delivery capabilities. Vangst said industry hiring is now returning to pre-pandemic levels.

The report noted it has seen an uptick in companies posting production-related careers resulting in more manufacturing, cultivation, production and supply chain jobs. Sales and marketing jobs have rebounded from the early pandemic cutbacks and maturing companies are adding to HR and finance teams.

Vangst also noted in its report that cannabis companies are beginning to seek out people with past cannabis experience. It had been the trend for cannabis companies to want to hire people from outside industries. The strategy was that the outsiders would bring expertise from other industries and apply it to cannabis. However, this strategy hasn’t always been successful and now it seems cannabis experience is getting more respect.

Karson Humiston, founder, and CEO of Vangst said, “On the executive side, we sort of saw a rush for executives in early 2019. Now, we saw a lot of executives being laid off. I mean because it’s kind of unrealistic for MSO’s to think they’re going to get the CMO from Coca-Cola and that’s what people were trying, you know? Now we’re seeing much stronger demand for mid-level management, more so than the executive level role. Cannabis businesses need people that can actually roll up their sleeves and execute. That’s not a CMO from Pepsi, right? The CMO from Pepsi hasn’t day-to-day managed people in 20 years.

Vangst lists the following jobs that are most in demand:

  • Cultivation Technicians
  • Trimmers/Packagers
  • Budtenders
  • Directors of Cultivation
  • Delivery Drivers and Logistic Coordinators
  • Sales Reps
  • Digital Marketing & e-Commerce
  • Administrative and Corporate Roles
  • Lab Managers
  • Directors of HR

The Not So Good News

Salaries for entry-level cannabis jobs don’t pay much more than a fast-food worker. While trimmers are listed as one of the top jobs in demand, the reality is that these jobs only pay between $14.50-$16.00 an hour. Budtenders are the most important customer-facing job in a dispensary. These employees help customers choose a purchase and often work to upsell a customer. They are expected to have a great deal of knowledge about the product for adult-use cannabis and sometimes even medical marijuana. Yet, these positions only pay between $14.50-$17.00 an hour. The lowest pay is in Florida, where budtenders average $12.50 an hour. California pays $16.50, making it the highest paid.

Humiston said, “I hear in some of these states a budtender is making less than $13 an hour. If that budtender worked a $13 an hour job, 40 hours a week … and if they worked 50 weeks a year, they would still be below the poverty line. That just doesn’t add up to me. But what I will say is that I think there’s definitely room for companies to pay their employees more. If you compare this to light industrial or service industries, it’s kind of inline. I don’t think it’s just a cannabis industry problem.

Social Equity seems to be more talk than action. 44% say their companies don’t participate in any social equity programs and 86% have not been social equity candidates. When it comes to diversity hiring, 46% say the company has a plan, but 35% say their company has no diversity hiring plan. When looking at who has been hired Vangst found that over 60% are white, followed by roughly 10% that are Latinx and even fewer as Black. On a positive note, 41% of the cannabis professionals are listed as female-identifying versus 51% as male-identifying.

Who’s Benefiting?

One area where cannabis companies are excelling is benefits. The Vangst report found that as job openings increase, benefits coverage has expanded as well. 57.8% of cannabis workers said that their benefits were equal to or better than the industry they left. The Vangst report showed that medical insurance coverage increased by 3.5%, paid time off increased by 4.9%, and that 90% of all surveyed cannabis companies offered some form of benefits.

Even better than insurance and paid time off, 29% of the companies were offering 401(k) plans and 27% offered equity ownership plans. 52% of the companies said they even offered 401(k) matching plans. That’s becoming rarer in traditional industries.  Cannabis companies are also sweetening the deal with creative perks. Life insurance and pet insurance are beginning to crop up in job offers. Even cell phone allowances are a perk that is on the rise.

While cannabis may not be recession-proof, hiring certainly seems to be on the upswing again. Many states had looked to legalization as a way to create jobs and then those jobs began to disappear as capital dried up. That made the cannabis promise of jobs look like an empty one, but as hiring seems to have returned, the industry is looking like a savior once again.

Humiston added, “Four years ago if I said, you know, we could get a regional manager overseeing a few dispensaries to make 150 grand. Everyone would have totally laughed. Now, that’s standard. I think it will continue going up. I really do.”

StaffJanuary 5, 2021


Leave it to the ladies to get the job done. While there has been a lot of discussion about social equity and hang wringing over the best ways to create opportunity, the non-profit organization Supernova has just rolled up its sleeves and gotten busy. Supernova Women will be one of the first organizations to recruit, train and facilitate the employment of
workers from the nation’s first Cannabis Workforce Development Grant Program launched in the City of Oakland this past November.

The $1 Million initiative — the first of its kind — stems from a statewide California program that earmarked $20 Million specifically to support Equity programs, in a spirit of leveling the playing field to allow for equal representation of Black and Brown communities who were the most affected by the War on Drugs. The group said in a statement that 10 workers will be trained along two tracks: METRC management and cannabis manufacturing operations.

Whitney Beatty, Vice President of Supernova Women and a cannabis entrepreneur said, “The legal cannabis space is on a path to be more representative of the Black and Brown individuals who have been cultivating and producing cannabis medicine for decades. The legacy workers in weed deserve a fair shot to engage in this newly regulated industry.”

The state funding from the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz) provides remuneration of $20 per hour for training and on-the-job experience. The newly minted professionals will then be paired with an Equity cannabis business based on organizational needs, fit, and skill. Historically, workforce development programs focus on people (instead of businesses), consider barriers of entry for the region, and are created with the intention of matching workers’ skills to the needs in an industry.

The idea is that as skill levels increase, communities can better compete with upwardly-mobile jobs. Given that there were 1,181 felony marijuana arrests in California in 2019, where 41.7% were Hispanic and 22.3% were Black, the quest for equitable engagement in legal cannabis is still ongoing.

Beatty added, “We have been in talks with the City of Oakland for several years about this program. It aims to address skill gaps and ensure seamless skills acquisition for meaningful and
sustainable engagement in the legal cannabis industry by those who are most negatively affected by the War on Drugs. This is a big win.”

Other businesses cited as a resource for this program include:

The Hood Incubator
The Hood Incubator builds a movement to leverage the legal cannabis industry as a model for healing and equity. We empower Black community members to thrive as workers, owners, and investors in the growing legal cannabis economy. Our workforce development offerings consist of recruitment, staffing, and training. We specialize in supporting businesses in their training needs for compliance and manufacturing although we can help build customized training programs for all cannabis permits.

Point of Contact: Lanese Martin, Co-Executive Director

West Oakland Job Resource Center
The West Oakland Job Resource Center provides a unique set of services that includes an assessment; employer referral, local hire monitor/compliance, pre-and post-employment
services, and is a model that complements the existing network of services and training programs in Oakland.

Point of contact: Joyce Guy – Director

Julie AitchesonMay 22, 2020


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, 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.

StaffApril 23, 2020


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. 


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 BorchardtApril 21, 2020


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 GonzalesMarch 6, 2020


“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.


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:

StaffDecember 11, 2019


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 FischerSeptember 7, 2018


This week, the first ever salary and jobs guide for the cannabis industry was released by Vangst. The platform, that considers itself “the 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

Jack SmithAugust 2, 2018


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 SumnerMarch 1, 2018


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.

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