By: Cecil King
The Cannabis Industry is Hiring
The market in the US for legal cannabis is growing exponentially. Sales grew in 2015 by 17% to $5.4 billion from an upwardly revised 2014 estimate of $4.7 billion according to industry watchers at The ArcView Group.
The group recently published its fourth edition of The State of Legal Marijuana Markets report predicting sales are on track to grow a phenomenal 25% in 2016 reaching an estimated $6.7 billion in total US sales. By 2018 the market is on track to reach $10.8 billion with an annualized compound growth rate of 30% over the next few years.
What constraints does this booming legal cannabis market face? It isn’t the inattentive congressional legislator still imposing antiquated prohibition laws on their constituents. And it isn’t timid voters cowering with fear that society will crumble at their feet when presented with a cannabis legalization initiative at the ballot box.
It’s finding talent. Cannabis workers are in high demand.
Karson Humiston with Gradujuana, a Denver, CO based cannabiz staffing agency, is trying to connect great cannabis companies with the talent they need.
Gradujuana’s clients in March of this year were searching for candidates to fill 29 open positions in several markets.
- Outside Sales reps (5)
- Sales Manager
- Director Business Development
- Master Grower (2)
- Budtenders (10)
- Las Vegas
- Budtenders (2)
- Digital Content Producer
- Marketing Manager
- Master Grower
Jobs are open at all staffing levels in dispensaries, grow facilities, kitchens, testing labs and all types of ancillary businesses. These jobs are not for the scientifically challenged, inexperienced or unprepared candidate. Only top talent need apply.
Creative, well-educated and motivated workers will develop and market today’s cannabis products. One of the minimum requirements for any cannabis job candidate is to articulate the subtle differences in cannabis strains.
Do you know the specific attributes of the main cannabis strains c. sativa, c. indica or c. ruderalis? A potential employer might test your knowledge. Could you explain the phenotype differences between the Kush and the Haze group of plants? Do you know what the abbreviation OG stands for in OG Kush? (hint: know both explanations for extra brownie points.)
Mastering the basics of cannabis is one thing, but for the advanced cannabis worker, they’ll need in-depth knowledge of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids to impress their future employer.
Knowing that the terpenoid myrcene has the smell akin to hops and mango or that beta-caryophyllene has the scent of pepper could be helpful in your job interview. And if the interviewer asks you to describe the scent of the terpenoid pinene, make sure you’ve done your homework by taking a hike in your local pine tree forest.
Could the average Missourian qualify for a dispensary manager, master grower or chief chemist job in the cannabis industry? It’s possible, but the longer Missouri holds on to its prohibitionist stance these jobs will go elsewhere and the cannabis businesses will never materialize in the Show-Me state.
Cannabis recruiters are placing hundreds of employees in good paying jobs every year. Businesses like Gradujuana know exactly what cannabis employers are looking for. Attending one of their career fairs or workshops will give you invaluable insight into the industry and a better chance at landing one of these coveted jobs.
“The walls of prohibition are crumbling. Exponential growth of the industry is upon us,” states Steve Katz, New York State Assemblyman. He recommends ArcView’s The State of Legal Marijuana Markets report, “… for anyone seriously interested in following our great American tradition of entrepreneurship and investment in this fascinating, explosive, rapidly evolving new industry.”
Growing new jobs like the common positions Gradujuana Staffing fills is a positive benefit of cannabis legalization. Listed below is a sampling of in-demand positions:
- Account Coordinator
- Bud Tender
- Business Development
- Chief Operations Officer
- Chief Technology Officer
- Compliance Manager
- Digital Content Producer
- Director of Cultivation
- Dispensary Manager
- Executive Assistant
- Extraction Technician
- Finance Analyst
- Graphic Designer
- Human Resource
- Public Relations
- Regulatory Specialist
- Sales Representative
- Security, Grower
- Social Media Associate
- Technical Writer
- Web Developer