As the cannabis industry matures, there’s been an explosion in all sectors of the job market. Not only have we seen a massive increase in the number of cannabis jobs available, but also in the types of jobs available as well. Ten or fifteen years ago, most jobs in cannabis were dispensary jobs that required some level of bravery due to the murky legality of the nubile market. Early budtenders, for example, often found themselves on the frontlines of robberies and Federal raids armed with little more than a baseball bat and a deadbolt.
Boy, do things change.
The cannabis industry now supports close to 500,000 jobs and racked up $25 billion in sales in 2021. Because weed is a particularly multifaceted industry, there are a lot of employment opportunities. Between the cultivation side, the business side, sales, and consumer-facing positions, a new wave of unique jobs have become available, with positions suitable for any skill set.
The changing cannabis market
“I think the biggest change we’ve seen in the cannabis job market is just the maturing of different roles,” said Kelsea Appelbaum from Vangst, a cannabis industry hiring platform. “Five years ago, when I got into the industry, a