The increase in legalized medical and recreational pot means more ways to earn a living in the cannabis industry. Here’s how.
When the Brookings Institution, the elite think tank with an address on Embassy Row in Washington, DC, advises college grads to get into the cannabis industry, the paradigm shift has officially occurred.
John Hudak, a fellow at Brookings who studied Colorado’s legalization of the plant, noted the job opportunities that the industry presents to younger workers. “That can be a real economic positive in a state trying to find jobs for young people,” he told Bloomberg Business. Indeed, starting wages in Colorado’s cannabis industry average 25 percent higher than the state minimum wage.
In its short but heady history, the legal cannabis industry has been booming. The industry has developed a more solid footing, as seen in the number of high-paying jobs available. While there’s been an especially notable surge in jobs directly involved in the cannabis industry, many other industries will benefit from increased marijuana legalization. Cannabis is creating jobs in every sector of the US economy. Advertising, publishing, accounting—you name it, it has been affected by cannabis.
Job seekers looking to start a career in the legal cannabis industry benefit from having firsthand experience and a passion for the product—even if that experience comes from black-market activity. At the same time, the surge in education for all aspects of weed production—from growing to sales and marketing—means that formal degrees and certificates tend to move a resume higher on the stack.
A handful of private startups are offering a variety of courses—both in-person and virtual—on the ins and outs of starting and running a cannabis business, including regulation, marketing, horticulture and manufacturing.
Because of these formal educational opportunities, the requirements for landing a job in the legal cannabis industry are increasingly stiff. The pay scale is way above average, but the expectations are much higher too. More than half of WeedHire’s postings pay between $30,000 and $50,000, while the median net wages for a US worker was just over $28,000, according to the Social Security Administration.
That’s because many employers in the industry are seeking high-quality workers. Business owners are willing to pay more for people who have training, and who they can trust. These workers will be dealing with product every day, so employers can’t afford to be reckless and hire someone who is going to sell the product out the back door.
If you’re committed to joining this “Budding” industry, it’s time to gain the necessary knowledge and skills that cannabis employers will look for when hiring staff.
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Once certified by TRIM READY™, students usually receive job placement opportunities within the cannabis industry or can enroll in our staffing agency.