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9 Hot Jobs in the Legal Marijuana Industry

One of the fastest-growing industries in America is the marijuana or cannabis industry. Medical marijuana is legal in 30 states, while 9 states have legalized recreational marijuana as of June 2018. According to Arcview Market Research, spending on legal cannabis worldwide is expected to hit $57 billion by 2027.

Given the industry’s rapid growth, companies are eager to hire workers to tackle roles like accountant, account manager, budtender and drivers. Here are a handful of the hottest jobs in the cannabis industry today.

Head Grower
Details: Part people manager, part horticulturalist, a head grower or grow manager coordinates the daily grow operations and Grow process, including taking clones, potting, transfers, watering, mixing, flower blocks, spraying, cleaning, maintenance, harvesting and schedules/timelines for each, equipment requirements and training/ development. The person also assigns work and monitors progress; guiding, training and developing employees in the accomplishment of their duties and goals through professional growth.
Companies Hiring: Green Thumb Industries, Curaleaf, Surterra, Cannabis Verified, Designworks Talent & more.

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Laboratory Worker 
Details: Lab workers and managers perform all the tasks necessary to process and manufacture cannabis products. From operating highly sophisticated extraction equipment to processing concentrates and extracts, laboratory workers also ensure the processing operation is fully compliant with state regulations and federal and state law.
Companies Hiring: Moffitt Cancer Center, Hocking College, Perkinelmer, Parkview Medical Center, UCHealth, KDS Executive Search & Staffing,Fluid Manufacturing, Tanner Medical Center & more.

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Trimmer/Cultivation Site Worker
Details: The trimmer’s job is to trim, manicure and prepare cannabis products in the variety, size, and quality prescribed by company and department standards. They are also responsible for maintaining sanitation control per company policy, utilizing and maintaining equipment as required by the department, and following approved procedures for receiving, preparing, storing, arranging, and manicuring product to ensure quality, accuracy and product rotation and protection.
Companies Hiring: Cannabis Verified, Hemp Temps, BudHire, GreenForce, LivWell Enlightened Health, Palomar Craft Cannabis, High Mountain Health & more.

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Dispensary Manager
Details: This person is responsible for overseeing daily operations of the dispensary, handling the needs of all patients and hiring and developing a team of budtenders who are passionate about medical cannabis and compliant with state and local rules and regulations. Like any other manager, this person will manage, supervise and direct the activities of assigned staff, and make recommendations regarding hiring, discipline, termination or advancement of employees.
Companies Hiring: GreenForce, Heavy Hitters, Weedmaps, Green Cross Health, PharmaCannis, Vangst & more.

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Delivery Driver
Details: A transporter is responsible for delivering medical cannabis products to customers. This person loads the van and executes deliveries throughout the day, and has the ability to manage the documents associated with medical cannabis delivery, ensuring that proper documents are kept and manifests are returned completed and ready for filing. As with all marijuana industry roles, this person must be and remain compliant with any and all legal or company regulations for working in the industry.
Companies Hiring: Humboldt Legends, Ohana Gardens, Fresh Mint Collective, Williams LLC, greenRush, Green Thumb Industries & more.

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Assistant Grower/Cultivation Supervisor
Details: As second in charge, the assistant grower oversees the lab team and trimmers in place of the head grower. He or she is in charge of training new team members and ensuring compliance and quality of product.
Companies Hiring: Designworks Talent, Groundworks Industries, GreenForce Green Elephant, Connected Cannabis Co., Native Roots Extracts & more.

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Budtender/Dispensary Tech
Details: Usually in the cannabis store, budtenders are knowledgeable salespeople who consult with customers, educate customers regarding products and/or effects, and execute sales transactions. Budtenders also ensure the sales floor is properly stocked and the presence of the store is well maintained.
Companies Hiring: Cannabis Verified, JBCStyle, GreenForce, Green Thumb Industries, Green Elephant, Connected Cannabis Co., Native Roots Extracts & more.

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Sales/Client Strategist
Details: The responsibilities of an account manager or sales client strategist would be to develop relationships with new prospective clients and grow existing partnerships within the emerging and rapidly expanding cannabis industry. While managing a sales pipeline of revenue, this person is charged with enhancing the business by gaining new cannabis clients regionally or nationally through creative sales/marketing initiatives and innovative customer service.
Companies Hiring: ForceBrands, Leafbuyer Technologies Inc, The Scienomics Group, Vangst & more.

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Marketing Lead
Details: A variety of marketing roles exist at many cannabis companies. From community management to demand generation, marketing roles can run the gamut. In general, a lead in this role would market products by developing and implementing marketing and advertising campaigns; tracking sales data; maintaining promotional materials inventory; planning meetings and trade shows; maintaining databases and preparing reports.
Companies Hiring: Packaging Brothers, Flowhub, Global Strategic Management Institute, SVN10 Creation, Designworks Talent & more.

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