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The wonderful thing about this industry is that while the cannabis plant is the most important part, it isn’t the only part.
The cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world today, but especially in the United States. As more and more states begin legalizing marijuana, the need for workers continues to go up. Marijuana Business Daily estimates that jobs in the industry will jump from 240,000 to 295,000 in 2020 alone. This represents a 50% increase over 2019’s industry growth, which estimated the year to start with 165,000 jobs and end with 210,000. MJBiz Daily considers those in the industry to be those who work directly with the plant like budtenders, all the way up to ancillary positions like lawyers and consultants.
Many people are leaving their current fields to join the rapidly growing cannabis industry, and a lot of them are taking their existing skills with them. Registered nurses become cannabis nurses and begin educating patients, retail managers transition to dispensary managers, traditional horticulturists join cultivation teams, and tech workers become part of a cannabis software team. The wonderful thing about this industry is that while the cannabis plant is the most important part, it isn’t the only part. The cannabis industry relies on truck drivers to transport product, security teams to ensure employee and product safety, content creators to create content that meets FDA guidelines, and more. Without these positions, the cannabis industry could not get itself off the ground.
Published: October 21, 2020