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There’s no question that the marijuana industry is booming. It has grown to a multi-billion industry in a very short time, and a number of states are looking to amend current marijuana laws in their state – whether that means outright legalization of recreational marijuana or decriminalization. As the industry continues to boom in more states and laws are changed to reflect the public’s current views on marijuana, there will be opportunities out there for those who want to get in the marijuana industry.


In 2014, Vox released an article on the state of employment in the marijuana industry in Colorado a few months after retail sales of marijuana began. At the time, the Marijuana Industry Group (MIG) estimated that there were at least 10,000 people directly employed in the marijuana industry. This number has significantly grown since then. Colorado growers and sellers not only saw in-state applicants but also an influx of people from other parts of the country who wanted to switch careers and become part of an industry they were passionate about. These trends exist elsewhere in states where marijuana laws have been changed.


What Kind of Jobs Can You Find in the Marijuana Industry?


No matter your education or work history, you may be able to find a job. In the short time since its inception, the marijuana industry has produced a diverse set of career opportunities that reflect all facets of the product lifecycle. In regard to growing, you may be able to get your foot in the door by becoming a bud trimmer. Trimmers create good-looking products that consumers would want to buy. They take the buds from the plant and trim the leaves for aesthetic and practical reasons. Trimming removes excess weight from the product, ensuring that the customer gets the correct amount of product. Trimmers can often transition into other areas of the industry, including gardening.


Another area to look into is concentrate-making. As dabbing become more popular, companies like Dabble Extracts are in constant need of concentrate technicians with a chemistry background who are meticulous and pay special attention to safety. Concentrate technicians must remain compliant with all GMP and GLP processes to help ensure quality products and a safe environment. The field is highly competitive, but highly lucrative as well. Other jobs that may be available include those in business administration, security, and web marketing.


If you are interested in a career in the marijuana industry, treat it as you would any other job. Develop your resume and cover letter, intern if you can, go back to school if you want to get into a specialized field, network, and get your name out there. The competition is tough, but the pay-off can be well worth it.