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Want to Work in the Cannabis Industry? These Roles May Interest You

June 27, 2022 08:00 am ET
Want to Work in the Cannabis Industry? These Roles May Interest You

Cannabis is a plant that has grown naturally on Earth for as long as humans have lived here. Despite the time it has spent flourishing on our planet, cannabis has not always been embraced…until now.

Over the course of the last few years, the global cannabis industry has inflated into a $20 billion annual market. Meanwhile, the U.S. cannabis sector has amassed the greatest level of growth, with the market generating over $16 billion in sales in 2020. By 2025, the value of the U.S. cannabis industry is forecast to reach $30 billion. There is a growing need for people to join the cannabis workforce in order to keep up with this demand.

According to ZipRecruiter, the top earners in the cannabis industry make $121,413 on an annual basis. If you’re interested in being a part of this rapidly evolving market, check out some of these positions.

1. Extractor

If you have extraction expertise and are seeking out a comfortable income, this could be the role for you. There’s also the opportunity to work as an extraction technician under the close supervision of a master extractor. Certain skills/certifications are required to become a cannabis extractor, such as biochemistry education and the ability to precisely extract specific quantities of the cannabis plant’s primary cannabinoids CBD and THC.

2. Cultivator

A certified cannabis cultivator who grows the plant will usually work closely with a broad spectrum of strains, meaning that he or she must possess proper knowledge of the composition and effects of each one. Additionally, a cultivator should understand best practices for growing cannabis, such as the nutrient intake required for maximum yields.

3. Cannabis Chef

The cannabis edibles and dining scene is growing, with a string of cannabis-themed restaurants opening across the United States since the first, Lowell Herb Co., opened its doors in 2019. If you have undergone basic culinary arts training and know how to infuse cannabis oil into a variety of edible items, including baked goods, sweet treats, and beverages, you can help to serve the growing consumer demographic.

4. Cannabis Tester

Also known as a “quality-control inspector,” this role involves working with agencies, government branches, or cannabis companies to ensure the health, safety, strength, and composition of cannabis products so as to keep companies in line with cannabis laws and regulations. Eligible candidates may require a degree in agronomy, biology, or chemistry.

5. Dispensary Manager

This type of cannabis job demands a lot of attention and time as it involves hiring and training staff. A dispensary manager is often responsible for running multiple departments, including sales, security, and customer service, in addition to cannabis product inventory monitoring duties. Furthermore, a dispensary manager may need to communicate on a face-to-face basis with customers when the sales team is unavailable as well as lay down the ground rules for deliveries and other essential services.

6. Trained Budtender

Do you have good people skills and a knack for helping others? If so, a budtender job could be just the role for you. Someone in this line of work is responsible for assisting dispensary customers in choosing the best products for their needs. As such, the role requires an adequate understanding of cannabinoids, strains, and various forms of cannabis, though this knowledge can generally be obtained on the job.

7. Cannabis Delivery Driver

After COVID-19 broke out across the world and social distancing measures were put into place, more people started receiving their bud via delivery services. This type of service has stuck around ever since and if you’re the one delivering the goods, you could earn a comfortable hourly wage with potential commissions and tips.

8. Dispensary Cashier or Receptionist

Another cannabis job that involves face-to-face contact is a cashier/receptionist—a great option for people who want to start with something simple and work their way up. For this role, you will be required to answer phone calls, greet customers, and deal with sales transactions. There may also be times when you’ll have to verify customer prescriptions and identification.

9. Trimmer

You may have heard stories of people packing their bags and heading off to the Emerald Triangle in Humboldt County for trimming, harvesting, and cultivating jobs. So long as you are willing to work fast, these entry-level jobs pay incredibly well. Popular in states with thriving cannabis industries, such as California and Colorado, these jobs involve stripping the buds of cannabis plant stems and improving the visual appearance of buds by trimming any surrounding leaves. Once weighed, dried, and sorted, they are sold at licensed dispensaries.

10. Packager

Looking for something in between cultivating and budtending? Packaging positions offer a prime opportunity to gain entry into the cannabis industry. Cannabis flower or edible packaging jobs can be added to your resume to attract further interest from employers in the cannabis market.

Work With Cannabis Indirectly

Aside from the “plant-touching roles,” there are also plenty of ancillary cannabis jobs that don’t involve dealing with the plant directly. Examples include working for a cannabis-related company as a human resources manager, website builder, SEO specialist, content creator, lawyer, accountant, product packaging manufacturer, real estate agent, or graphic designer.

Post Your Comments

Gene Summitt says:

June 27, 2022 at 9:12 am

I am interested in becoming a delivery driver or packager. How and where do I apply?

Te Ha says:

July 2, 2022 at 9:08 am

Of course you contact your local dispensary! If you’re one of the lucky ones you have several shops and or brands in your area so more opportunities.

Tim Freeman says:

June 27, 2022 at 3:19 pm

Definatly tester/driver, sign me up.

Nico says:

June 27, 2022 at 10:53 pm

Hello, I’m an English to Spanish translator based in south america and I would love to contribute with cannabis content creation. Or any role that brings value in the industry.
Is there any job requirement I may look at? Thanks!

Lloyd says:

June 28, 2022 at 12:56 pm

Where can I get more information about cannabis driver jobs?

Kevin says:

June 29, 2022 at 5:15 pm

Jobs in northern nj

Jennifer Coolbaugh says:

July 20, 2022 at 2:07 pm

Interested in this job

Nicholas streacker says:

June 28, 2022 at 1:01 pm

I would love to become a bud tender

Jeremiah hopkins says:

June 28, 2022 at 1:02 pm

Hi I am interested in being a budtender, delivery driver, packer or trimmer more information on how to apply and who is hiring would be helpful thank you.

Kristan Adams says:

June 29, 2022 at 7:36 am

I am not sure where my exact role would be best served. I just want to start somewhere. I love to deliver and do much of it. I enjoy helping others and love to learn everyday, especially pertaining to a product that has changed so many.

Eric Jordan. says:

June 28, 2022 at 1:13 pm

I’m interested in being a cannabis tester

Eric Jordan. says:

June 28, 2022 at 1:13 pm

Cannabis tester

Garrett Wagner says:

June 28, 2022 at 1:14 pm

I’m interested in hearing any opportunities in my area. I’m also a licensed electrician general contractor so can build farms if needed

Ren Yamada says:

June 28, 2022 at 1:18 pm

Hi . How do I go about looking into a Cultivation role? I am a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. A California Certified Master Nurseryman; A California Certified Nursery Pro; and also owned my own Retail Nursery for 26 years. I’ve worked for a Lawn and Garden Distributor for the past 15 years but recently retired. I am well acquainted with Cannabis and currently use GDP for Restless Leg Syndrome. Please let me know how to get the ball rolling. Ren

Chance Natseway says:

June 30, 2022 at 2:13 am

Hi, I’m interested in being a packager. Where do I get started?

Lisa Weed(honestly) says:

October 19, 2022 at 7:09 pm

I’ve had years of experience as a trimmer and packer. I’m a hard worker. I’m not sure if we have dispenseries in the Rochester, NY area

Trevor says:

June 28, 2022 at 1:32 pm

I’m interested in the trained bud tender and or cashier how would I go about learning more an applying for then

Trevor says:

June 28, 2022 at 1:33 pm

I’m interested in the trained bud tender and or cashier how would I go about learning more an applying for then?

Andre Alexander says:

June 28, 2022 at 1:33 pm

I am interested in becoming a packer, trimmer or dispensary cashier

Cassandra Stage says:

June 28, 2022 at 1:38 pm

Definitely a tester or packager

Duane Justice says:

June 28, 2022 at 2:06 pm


Eddie C Lucas says:

June 28, 2022 at 2:22 pm

Greetings and thank you for the opportunity to participate in this event.
Iam interested and will work hard til. We have accomplished tasks and deadlines.
Iam also intrigued and would like to be one of the Cannabis testing the quality of the Merchandise.
Please and thank you!

Logan Schade says:

June 28, 2022 at 2:22 pm

I am interested in the entire industry in general. I personally find the benefits of this industry to be very underrated. In my life I have seen the impact this industry has on those who use medicinally and I think I would enjoy any opportunity to be involved as well. Please respond via email with any option for employment.

Jasmine says:

June 28, 2022 at 2:49 pm

Fibromyalgia has been a huge affect in my life and body. I have tried so many pills and therapy for my pains. Nothing is working, is there a strain for my conditions* Is there a position as a volunteer tester for the study of Fibromyalgia and constant back pain due to multiple herniated disc or dried disc problems. Please reach out to me. I would love to help other with a study of my conditions.

Charles Disrance says:

June 28, 2022 at 3:06 pm

Interested in Dispensary Manager or Packager

Robert Mullen says:

June 28, 2022 at 3:36 pm

I’m interested in Cannabis Chef/packer/delivery driver

Jeannette says:

June 28, 2022 at 3:53 pm

I’m interested in this new and exciting industry. Any guidance to lead me too a possible new career. Would be helpful. Thanks

Anna Marie alfano says:

June 28, 2022 at 3:53 pm

Find my business in excess of 30 years in commercial printing interest in a career with your company thank you

Rochelle Ambush says:

June 28, 2022 at 4:03 pm

I am interested in these positions
1. Trained Budtender
2. Cannabis Delivery Driver
3. Dispensary Cashier or Receptionist
How do I apply

Maunette Minor says:

June 28, 2022 at 4:20 pm

Very interested in being a tester please contact me

Daniel D. says:

June 28, 2022 at 4:26 pm

Thanks for sharing, Bethan. I am a Scrum Master. Basically, I work with teams to increase productivity and value through best practices. This is usually found in the IT world, but can be used in any industry. Are there areas that you know of that would benefit from my experience?

Chanda Mitchell says:

June 28, 2022 at 4:41 pm

Interested in getting into the business on any level.

Marilyn Conley says:

June 28, 2022 at 4:46 pm

Are there any positions for Compliance or quality assurance?

Angela Thornton says:

June 28, 2022 at 5:17 pm

How do I appt

Angela Thornton says:

June 28, 2022 at 5:19 pm

How do I apply?

Angela Thornton says:

June 28, 2022 at 5:22 pm

Information on how and where I can apply

Sue Meginley says:

June 28, 2022 at 5:28 pm

I would like to be a bud tender or cashier

Mason Fouse says:

June 28, 2022 at 6:01 pm

Would love to be a bud tender/ driver:) where’s the sign up!!

Ryan DeMond says:

June 28, 2022 at 6:04 pm

How do I get an application

Lisa Walsh says:

June 28, 2022 at 6:29 pm

I would love to be a bud tender or receptionist

Brian Bernard says:

June 28, 2022 at 6:31 pm

Live you life like it’s the last on earth!

Steve Warner says:

June 28, 2022 at 7:36 pm

Definite delivery driver

Minda Lee says:

June 28, 2022 at 7:49 pm

I would like to work in the field of cannabis

Jeannie says:

June 28, 2022 at 8:03 pm

I would honestly love to snag any one of these jobs besides the “extractor”.. That’s literally the ONE thing I wouldn’t know how to do immediately walking through the door (but, I’d no doubt be willing to learn!) Seriously wish I knew where to apply for a few of these other positions outside of “budtender” & “dispensary manager”. I currently provide way much more customer service at my job than I ever signed up for, so I’d prefer to skip on those two.. lol!

Alexi Viruet says:

June 28, 2022 at 8:33 pm

Hi I’m very interested in working with cannabis in any department please let me know how to apply for a jod you can email me or call me,or text me thank you hope to hear from you guys soon my number is 18609834062

Christian peterson says:

June 28, 2022 at 8:41 pm

I am interested in store management. Currently I live in holtwood pa which is close to Lancaster.

Jeff says:

June 28, 2022 at 8:49 pm

Trimmer & Driver sign me up!!!

Helmut M says:

June 28, 2022 at 8:52 pm

I’m interested in a dispensary receptionist position in NYC / Queens

Jessica Taylor says:

June 28, 2022 at 9:07 pm

I’m interested in any positions that are available. I’m a fast learner and interested in the field.

Shannon Christian says:

June 28, 2022 at 9:07 pm

How do you break into the business?


June 28, 2022 at 9:11 pm

Interested in growing and exacter, edible chef and all the knowledge I can learn.

Bonnie Molluso says:

June 28, 2022 at 9:29 pm

Retiree who vapes daily would love a part time job answering the phone and taking care of customers. I was in sales for over 35 years.

Donald Hinds says:

June 28, 2022 at 9:41 pm

I’m interested in deliveries

Todd Moffitt says:

June 28, 2022 at 10:10 pm

Trained Budtender

Jacob Gaines says:

June 28, 2022 at 10:15 pm

I’m interested in becoming a trained budtender ? Where do I apply?

Rondale Graham says:

June 28, 2022 at 10:29 pm

I am wonderful with people and also interested in delivery

Rondale Graham says:

June 28, 2022 at 10:30 pm

Customer service and old delivery

Carmen N. Micucio Jr. says:

June 28, 2022 at 10:48 pm

Recently sold business. Have money available for investment. Also own several hundred acres of commercial and agricultural land in Delaware and northern Cecil county Maryland. Looking for a new business opportunity.

Rebecca says:

June 29, 2022 at 12:43 am

I’m a nurse and feel like I help my patients most by talking to them about cannabis!! Are there any jobs specifically for healthcare workers in the industry?

Stuart says:

June 29, 2022 at 1:33 am

I would like to know about opportunities near me. I live in North Louisiana. I have some college and an HVAC type 1 and 2 card for over 20 yrs. I’ve also been a District Salesman for 10 yrs. Great ppl skills. If anyone can help I would appreciate it. Thanks!

Victoria says:

June 29, 2022 at 2:19 am

I love to bake and think I have a good knowledge here. Keep Me in mind I am very creative

Harley Justin Logan says:

June 29, 2022 at 2:20 am

I just wanna be a part of this I love the plants in general I’m a licensed patient with a little skill on growing

Renee Washington says:

June 29, 2022 at 7:05 am

I would like to be a delivery driver and slowly learn about the other positions.

Rosa Ortiz says:

June 29, 2022 at 8:06 am

I’m interested in be a tester

Roderick Mickens says:

June 29, 2022 at 8:50 am

I’m looking for a full time position! I’m a professional photographer; however, I’m excellent employee capable working within the cannabis industry! I studied Business Organization and Accounting for two years. I’ve worked in sales and most of the department stores in New York City in my younger days. I’m great with inventory and purchasing and receiving and most all excellent at still life, e commerce and product photography as well as portraits and special events. I need full time work with in the cannabis industry and eventually I’ll continue my career within your Company! Thanks Roderick Mickens

Deserea Hendricks says:

June 29, 2022 at 9:42 am

In need of a job

Jim ustice says:

June 29, 2022 at 9:47 am

I would be interested in bud tenting packaging.

Rondale Graham says:

June 29, 2022 at 9:50 am

I would like to be cashier/ recp. or a delivery driver

Julie Opalka says:

June 29, 2022 at 10:17 am

I’m interested in information about being an extractor or tester. I have degrees in biology and chemistry. Let me know where to begin.

David Kubsch says:

June 29, 2022 at 12:19 pm

I am interested in becoming a delivery driver or packager, where do I apply in my area

Kerry says:

June 29, 2022 at 2:07 pm

Are there roles a talk therapist can play?

Scott Woodworth says:

June 29, 2022 at 5:10 pm

Where is the job of Sales Rep for products to dispensary? Thats the roll I could fill.

Michael Heiman says:

June 29, 2022 at 6:32 pm

Been around Marijuana scene for 25 years ÷ but i would be interested in Packaging or Delivering I’m well spoken & helping others are strengths of mine ÷ Very Flexible I’m located in Tom’s River Nj…Thanks

Jacqueline amici says:

June 29, 2022 at 7:06 pm

Delivery driver
Quality control

Marquez Bentley says:

June 29, 2022 at 7:57 pm

Delivery driver/ budtender

Frank altomari says:

June 29, 2022 at 10:01 pm

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Ann Reck says:

June 30, 2022 at 8:26 am

I think being a trained budtender would be fun, educational ( for me, as well as the clients) & very helpful, as using medicinal cannabis is far safer than resorting to narcotics, opioids or even lesser RX for management of health issues. I’m now retired, & seeking a new career !!!

Jason Eric Lipari says:

July 1, 2022 at 4:44 pm

I am very interested in growing with this industry but unfortunately, I do not have any experience. Is there any chance in finding a way into the industry??

Kelvin B says:

July 2, 2022 at 1:34 am

Im a experience grower in the Detroit area that is looking to expand my talents and work with a grow collective as a Cultivator, Trimmer or manager. Im a great grower from Clone to finish. Also an expert when it comes to outdoor. I know the importance of having security for outdoor grows and willing to work 40 plus hours a week. *If your Hiring -Please contact me with more info on the position you have available at *

Kelvin B says:

July 2, 2022 at 1:40 am

I can get growers crops in Head Shops all around Michigan. If your a grower from the West Cost that would like to get your product in the Legit dispensaries in Detroit Mi & Surrounding Areas. Let me know. Mcmgtvbooking@gmail.com

Te Ha says:

July 2, 2022 at 9:12 am

I don’t know why readers are commenting as if this is a job posting . . . Like any other job, show some initiative and figure it out! The place to start is at a dispensary and if you’re lucky there’s one in your area. So-called social media is full of info and special pages or groups about marijuana. Google!

Howard Jones says:

July 2, 2022 at 9:53 am

I love cannabis growing it smelling it looking at it…. It’s a beautiful plant and it’s a dream to get a job around something that u love would drop everything I’m doing to get in this industry…

James Scheuerman says:

July 2, 2022 at 11:35 pm

Retired And on disability would be interested in joining the team in any aspect.

CJ Germany says:

July 8, 2022 at 4:37 pm

What states are these jobs available in?

Kelly Smith says:

July 17, 2022 at 6:08 pm

I’m interested in testing

Warren Hutchinson says:

July 18, 2022 at 1:18 pm

User of cannabis and edibles for over 20 years. Been using products also due to dialysis diabetes bone disease had kidney transplant. In place of pain medicine apply for tester. Or any job’s available. On Disability

Lester White says:

August 1, 2022 at 8:56 am

I am 72 years old retired and looking for something to do.The driver,trimmer and packager jobs sound interesting to me.If
possible i would like to apply. Thank U

Lisa Weed(honestly) says:

October 19, 2022 at 7:05 pm

I’ve had years of experience as a trimmer and packer. I’m a hard worker


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