There is no denying the cannabis industry is THE industry to be in right now. New York State is about to blow the doors off the entire industry once dispensaries open and you can bet the job market will be busting with opportunities. From working hands on with the plants to administrative roles, there are opportunities for every specialty. If you’ve ever considered a job in the cannabis field, here’s a few cool positions to consider.
These are great entry level positions for anyone looking to get their foot in the door. Cultivators tend, trim, and harvest the crops. When the plants are ready, they are the ones who cut them and trim up the buds by removing excess leaves. Once harvested, the buds gets sorted and weighed and prepared for packaging. Trimmers need to have speed and precision when doing their job to ensure time, nor product, are wasted.
Master growers are the ones responsible for the cultivation of healthy cannabis plants. They are responsible for planting, providing adequate nutrition, pest-control, and overseeing staff operations for the grow. Generally, these would be the ones responsible for compliance and local law enforcement communication, as well. As these positions are specialized and require great skill and expertise, many have a background in horticulture or botany or have experience cultivating premium cannabis.
Dispensaries are quickly becoming highly profitable and are a huge portion of the legal cannabis industry. They are essential in allowing farms to sell their product and collect a profit for their painstaking work. They allow the consumer to comfortably and informatively purchase a premium product in a safe environment. These jobs tend to have a good salary, bonuses, and benefits, but can sometimes require you to oversee multiple stores.
In the same vicinity as a dispensary manager, Budtenders also work within the dispensary environment. Their main task is helping dispensary customers and requires good listening, sales, and customer service skills. They need to have a good knowledge base of cannabis and the strains that are being carried and know aroma profiles. This would be a position similar to a bartender or sommelier. The more knowledge they have on the product, the more helpful they can be to answering customers questions and steering them in the right direction.
Even before dispensary doors open, sales reps are going to be in demand to forge relationships with stores and dispensaries that will carry farmed products. Sales reps make deals with licensed buyers that will pay a fair price for product, as well as one that follows regulations just as strictly as the farm it represents.
Every strong business needs an accountant, but with the scrutiny from regulators in the industry, accurate financial records are a must. In addition, they would be responsible for managing cash, obtaining credit, handling taxes, and processing payments. This position requires accounting expertise and generally a degree.
Tips for getting hired
Do a little research into the company you’re interested in and the job opportunities they have available. You want to show you’ve taken the time to look into their mission statement and a little background of the company you’re looking to join.
Have experience and industry knowledge, but don’t go in looking like a stoner. After all, this is a professional industry with professional standards. We all have an appreciation for cannabis, but we don’t need to advertise it.
Put yourself out there. Sometimes confidence, a willingness to learn, and a basic knowledge is enough to get you in the door. Confidence can sometimes speak louder than the most impressive resume.
Keep the nerves at bay. Honestly, it’s hard to think of a more relaxed and chill industry to be joining. We’ve all had to start from somewhere, so just make the best of it. If your first try doesn’t work out, don’t be discouraged! Maybe this wasn’t the position for you. Don’t let it stop you from trying again. This is going to be an amazing ride and we’re hoping maybe you can be a part of it with us.
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