2018 was a monumental year for the cannabis industry. Several countries across the world have legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes and Canada became the second nation in the world as well as the first G7 nation to fully legalize cannabis, not to mention that the first marijuana company went public on a major U.S. exchange.

In the first few months of 2019, over 20 cannabis stocks increased by more than 50%, so it seems that the budding industry has a bright future in front of it. As such, if you are thinking of a new career, now may be the time to seriously start thinking about the cannabis industry as a serious option. But how exactly are you supposed to find your own way in such a diverse industry, and what are the opportunities that are available for you?

Read on to find out how you can steer your own career path within this booming industry.

Advantages of working in the budding industry

According to a report put together by Leafly in collaboration with Whitney Economics, the marijuana workforce has increased by 44% in 2018. Even the average salary in this industry has increased by 16%, and the benefits are not to be neglected. 71% of these jobs come with medical insurance and over half of them even provide dental insurance and vision insurance. Almost 30% of these jobs offer employees stock options.

Another interesting fact is that professional and technical workers, such as accountants, lab workers, marketers, and tax experts, make up more than half of the new workforce. That’s led to a median annual salary of $58,511, almost 11% higher than the overall U.S. median.

The best jobs in this industry

Cannabis is the fastest-growing job market in the country. However, even though this sector has increasing workforce needs, not all cannabis jobs are equally rewarding. The most hired jobs are Director of Extraction, Director of Cultivation, Compliance Manager, Dispensary Manager, Sales Representative, Bud Tender and Trimmer.

In an industry that grows at an exponential rate, it is no wonder that production is the sector that is in most need of workforce. The most sought-after job titles are Director of Extraction and Director of Cultivation, as the salaries for these jobs start at $47,000 and can rise to $250,500. Sales representatives start at a much lower salary of $28,000, but they too can end up earning a satisfying salary of $150,000 per year. Budtenders and trimmers make the least amount of money, but these types of jobs require minimum skill and experience, so they can be a great starting point for anyone.

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How to hunt for job opportunities

High profile jobs are usually handled by reputable industry recruiters such as Vangst or THC Staffing group. However, as the pot industry is growing exponentially, more and more cannabis job boards are popping up, and it is not uncommon to find job posts on traditional recruiting platforms. Industry events are also a great way to network and get news of exciting jobs in the industry. Moreover, the traditional in-person application still works in this industry, given the fact that most pot companies are start-ups and don’t have HR specialists to handle the hiring process.

Here are a few of the top Cannabis Staffing Agencies:

  • Viridian Staffing
  • Ms. Mary Staffing
  • THC Staffing Group
  • Vangst Staffing
  • HempStaff
  • Cannamed Talent Solutions

Attended Conferences and Meetups

While this market is no longer considered volatile, it is still in full development, and laws and regulations are constantly changing. As such, if you want to impress recruiters, you need to be up to date with the latest news and law changes. By keeping up with the latest news, you will not only be able to do your job right in this sector, but you might also be able to spot new business opportunities. One of the best ways to land a job in the cannabis industry is by attending industry events. For the most part, the Cannabis industry is relatively tight-knit.

People in this space have banded together to combat local, state, federal, and international restrictions. Their hard work has laid the foundation of this industry. That being said, there’s certainly room for newcomers! Search for local events, meetups, and conferences. And if you can’t find any, start your own!

Tips for landing the dream job

Once you’ve decided on the type of job that might bring you the most benefits, it is time to start applying to jobs. You can find a lot of jobs on Vangst, the leading recruiting platform in this industry. When going to interviews, keep in mind that most cannabis companies are start-ups, so you should be very flexible, and ready to overcome some shortcomings in the hiring process. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. First, you must make sure that you are working for a legal company. While laws have loosened up in most parts of the world, there are still several unlicensed operators out there. When it comes to start-ups you must also inquire how the company plans to survive in the pre-revenue period. Finally, be prepared to invest in yourself. Given its controversial history, the budding industry lacks professionals, so if you are willing to invest in your education, you will have a lot to gain in this industry.

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