10 Jobs in the Legal Marijuana Industry
With the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in an increasing number of states, more and more jobs are popping up in the legal cannabis industry.
And a booming industry it is. Marijuana is big business, worth over $10 billion in 2018 and responsible for creating over 250,000 jobs, according to economists. Beau Whitney, vice president and senior economist at New Frontier Data, a cannabis market research firm, told NBC News that he expects the legal marijuana industry to top $16 billion in 2019.
A look at the marijuana-related job board websites out there shows a vast number of available jobs supporting the growth and sale of legal marijuana.
Ready to take your skills to a growing field? There’s almost certainly a marijuana job out there for you. Some are universal to many industries, e.g., delivery person or store manager, while others are unique to this emerging segment.
There are jobs available in many different areas and for many different skill sets. See if one of these appeals to you:
A “budtender” works at a dispensary to answer customer questions, provide the correct information and generally be the customer’s go-to resource for making purchases. (Think of a sommelier, but for legal weed instead of wine.) Accordingly, budtenders must be personable and have exceptional customer service skills while also possessing experience in sales and customer relations.
With recreational and medicinal marijuana available in multiple different forms, including baked goods, candy, and tea, a variety of jobs have emerged. Edible chefs, for example, are directly responsible for creating recipes and producing goods. There are a variety of other positions in the edibles industry, too, from working on an assembly line to labeling and packaging.
A job working with marijuana edibles will require experience with food handling and production. In many cases, a culinary-related degree is preferred.
Now that e-cigarettes and vaporizers are becoming increasingly popular, many stores are popping up that are solely dedicated to selling smokeless devices. Landing a job in one of these stores will require some familiarity with the industry, in addition to top-notch sales and customer service skills.
Many dispensaries offer delivery services to patients who are prescribed medicinal marijuana but can’t necessarily make it out of their house to pick up the prescription. In addition, truck drivers are hired to transport products to their various locations.
A delivery job will require a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record, and no criminal record. Some companies will require you to have your own car and GPS device, and for legal reasons, in some states you may be required to possess your own doctor-authorized medical marijuana permit to work for the company.
In cases where you’ll be interfacing with customers, you’ll also need solid communication skills.
As more dispensaries pop up, store managers are needed to successfully run each store. Having previous experience working in a dispensary is a huge asset – and sometimes, a requirement – to land a job as a manager. At the very least, you’ll need to have retail skills and be able to demonstrate your ability to successfully manage employees, retail operations, and sales.
Cashiers or front-end sales associates are needed in dispensaries and stores to greet customers, answer their questions, and ring up sales. Though this is generally an entry-level position, you’ll need to have great customer service skills and a familiarity with the products you’ll be selling.
Security guards are needed in dispensaries, manufacturing areas, and other places medical marijuana is produced and distributed. In many cases you’ll need to be certified as a guard and licensed to carry a firearm if the job requires an armed guard.
Production managers oversee and analyze the entire “seed to sale” cycle of the product. In this job, workers must account for operations, process, and staff management, plus manage budgets and timelines.
Website, social media, and email managers are needed to run the digital presence of dispensaries and marijuana companies, as well as the agencies that run their marketing and PR efforts. In addition, there are many marijuana-related websites and apps popping up that need staffing.
A background in communications, digital media, or web and graphic design is necessary to land a job in one of these fields. Employers may give preference to those with experience in the field, as advertising a product that’s still illegal at the federal level comes with a host of challenges.
Harvesting marijuana involves in a number of tasks, including growing, trimming, and packaging. These entry-level jobs tend to be quite labor-intensive and physically demanding, but prior experience is not usually required (although it may be preferred).
How to Get a Marijuana Job
Looking for a marijuana job? Job searching in this emerging industry isn’t very different from looking for a job in a more traditional field. The usual methods apply: networking, referrals, and even job search sites can help you find your dream job in the legal marijuana industry.
There are also several niche sites with a focus on marijuana jobs, including:
Wondering how to get a job in the marijuana industry? Here are some tips, along with 10 cool cannabis jobs to consider, and where to look for job listings.
Hemp Recruiting Services
M&F Talent is thrilled to see the exponential growth of the hemp industry after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Accordingly, the monumental legislation opened the doors to a flood of opportunities. Hemp jobs now flourish in the hemp business throughout the United States and beyond. Indeed, our hemp recruiting service team is excited to be a part of it.
To be clear, hemp is one of the world’s most versatile plants. That’s because it offers almost endless applications throughout the medical, construction, manufacturing, clothing, and food industries. Understandably, M&F Talent sees the societal value in the hemp business – on both personal and professional levels. Therefore, we have devised a sophisticated hemp recruiting service set to meet the demands of this explosive hemp business market. Note that, as one of the most established cannabis recruiting and horticulture staffing companies, we are in a unique position to offer this valuable service.
The M&F Talent hemp recruiting service strives to master the complexities of the continually expanding hemp business. We accomplish this through careful attention to industry news within different business verticals. These diverse platforms include hemp-derived CBD and raw hemp materials. With this cutting-edge approach, M&F Talent has become a leading source of hemp jobs in this new and exciting hemp business market.
By “focusing on the basics” with our organization, M&F Talent brings much-needed business acumen to the innovative hemp business. Hence, we raise the bar in hemp recruiting and hemp jobs by committing to excellence with our candidates and clientele.
Through years of networking in the cannabis, horticulture, and CEA markets, M&F Talent has developed deep connections with leading hemp industry businesses. Similarly, we align ourselves with multi-talented candidates that have experience across these dynamic verticals. Because of this, M&F Talent applicants have a unique advantage to help them “to rise to the top” in the increasingly competitive hemp business landscape.
M&F Talent recruiters utilize a diverse talent pool sourced from both traditional and modern agriculture. As such, our candidates are well-suited for the commercial production of hemp that the contemporary hemp business demands. With this innovative approach, we blur the lines of hemp industry job sourcing. Because, we recruit well-educated, seasoned talent from traditional horticultural markets.
M&F Talent’s hemp recruiting service includes:
- Cultivation Operations
- Grow Equipment Manufacturers
- Harvest Technology Companies
- Processing Technology Companies
- Extraction Businesses
- Laboratory & Testing Facilities
- Pharmaceutical Companies
M&F Talent draws inspiration for our hemp recruiting service from several fields, ranging from traditional agriculture to modern CEA growing. In addition, we pay attention to the technology and equipment that makes hemp production and processing possible. As such, many M&F Talent’s hemp jobs deal with focused technical work that other staffing agencies simply can’t handle.
M&F Talent has a vast network of qualified professionals for our hemp business clients. Accordingly, we source candidates from both “inside” and “outside” of the hemp industry. Indeed, our extensive talent pool includes management, cultivation, operations, sales, engineering, and design.
If you are a cannabis job applicant interested in pursuing one of M&F Talent’s hemp jobs, please check out our Jobs Section. We’d love to show you which hemp industry businesses are hiring.
Hemp Industry Search & Hire Examples
As a leading staffing company in the hemp business, M&F Talent has undertaken a variety of searches for a diverse array of candidates. A such, if you are interested in hiring leading talent for your hemp company, or finding a hemp job, please have a look at the following Search & Hire Examples for some of our prior work:
As the hemp market continues to mature, it continues to garner interest from Executive Leadership from outside the industry. Through our searches, we have discussed the hemp industry with C-Level talent from Food and Beverage, Textiles, and Pharmaceuticals. Furthermore, as the hemp-derived CBD space continues to fall under the scrutiny of the USDA and FDA, the industry needs leaders with experience in good manufacturing practices (GMP), retail business, and medical compliance. Over the years, M&F Talent has conducted in-depth searches for Executive Leadership in the hemp space, such as a Cultivation Director and VP of Sales.
Like we see in the cannabis industry, the hemp business needs salespeople who thrive in a volatile market. As such, Hemp Salespeople must understand the market so they can pivot between verticals like bulk / B2B sales and retail sales. The same is true regarding the pivot between industries like food and beverage, and health and wellness. The recruiters at M&F Talent have dealt extensively with this rare talent pool and have worked with Territory Managers, Sales Representatives, and Sales Managers.
Drug Formulation Teams
As CBD continues to gain acceptance as a legitimate medicine, hemp companies continue to work in Research and Development to create new drugs. During the R&D phase, hemp businesses work tirelessly with professional Drug Formulation Teams originally from the pharmaceutical industry. These individuals investigate the best delivery methods for CBD medicine, including topical, transdermal, oral, and vape products. The staffing experts at M&F Talent have worked extensively with Drug Formulations Teams in the hemp-derived CBD space.
Hemp Cultivation Teams
As the leading technical recruiting service for the hemp industry, M&F Talent has seen the skills necessary for successful Hemp Cultivation Teams. To this end, commercial hemp production requires a careful intermingling of talents taken from cannabis horticulture and large-scale agriculture. As a result, there is a minimal talent pool of qualified Hemp Cultivators on the market today. Because M&F Talent has such a broad reach in cannabis, hydroponics, and horticulture, we have amassed a rolodex of leading Hemp Growers. Similarly, we have conducted searches for Hemp Cultivation Directors capable of managing 1,000 acres of production.
We have seen that the most significant challenges facing hemp producers often have to do with operations and logistics. For example, despite a greatly increased number of hemp farms between 2018 and 2019, many new hemp businesses went bankrupt. This trend is largely due to poor planning – especially concerning harvest. As we’ve seen, many new companies did not have the foresight to navigate the challenges of processing a commercial crop. As with other verticals in the hemp space, M&F Talent has amassed a network of leading Hemp Operations Managers who can help new businesses avoid such pitfalls.
Unfortunately, the hemp business vertical often presents even more challenges than the cannabis space. To this end, national hemp legalization has opened the floodgates of opportunity. Yet, many companies in the hemp-derived CBD space are still struggling to operate with new compliance guidelines. These rules include those developed by the USDA, FDA, and FTC. As the industry continues to mature, businesses will look to recruiting firms like M&F Talent in finding Compliance Professionals and Government Liaisons to handle compliance issues.
M&F Talent raises the bar in hemp recruiting and hemp jobs by committing to excellence with both our candidates and hemp business clientele.