Are you exploring and looking for the top careers in the cannabis or hemp industry? Cannabis has been used for both medical and recreational for a long time. The stigma around cannabis and CBD is fading as more education and research is reaching people. The therapeutic value and economic benefit the cannabis industry brings, outweighs any danger or consequence. In fact, many other countries are legalizing cannabis and the industry is rapidly growing, creating more cannabis career opportunities. Tens of thousands of high paying jobs are becoming more readily available as the hemp and cannabis industry continues to blossom.


With more research available at our fingertips, perceptions about cannabis are shifting. A study done by Pew Research shows that two-thirds of Americans support the legalization of cannabis. The federal government still labels cannabis as a controlled substance, and it is illegal by U.S. government standards. However, the U.S. attorney general pledged not to criminalize businesses in the states that have legalized the plant. Today medical cannabis use is legal in 33 U.S. states, and recreational use is permitted in 11 states and Washington, D.C. 


Cannabis careers in the U.S. are on the rise. Cannabis has turned to a multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S alone, with a demand for high-paying job positions that need to be fulfilled. Data reports expect the industry to grow another 14%, with sales exceeding $12 billion dollars by 2025. There are many cannabis career opportunities, and long term jobs for those interested in the cannabis industry. In 2017 over 28,000 hemp and cannabis related businesses were recorded along with a surge in careers built around the industry. 


If you are interested in finding a top cannabis career, you are contributing to an industry that helps people seeking natural options for health and wellness. Strainz offers unique job opportunities and is always keeping an open eye for top talents both inside and outside the cannabis industry. For those with innovative minds and skills ranging from backgrounds in tech, farming, design, culinary arts, and more, here are some high paying jobs to consider. These cannabis careers are available all around the U.S., especially on the west coast, where cannabis is widely accepted and dispensaries are everywhere. 


Cannabis Consulting


Having a job in consulting usually comes with a pretty sweet salary, and the cannabis industry is no exception. Cannabis consultants with expertise in law, state cannabis regulations, accounting, and more may be eligible to earn six-figures in the cannabis and hemp industry. Many startups and big businesses need expertise in finding appropriate locations for grow facilities, obtaining licenses, and staying up to date on legal matters. There is also a demand for bookkeeping and tax requirements, as many cannabis businesses operate as cash-only because it is illegal at the federal level.


Chief Operating Officer or Chief Financial Officer for Dispensaries

Many state dispensaries have COO and COF career positions available, and you could earn up to $130,000 a year, depending on the area, with medical benefits and retirement opportunities. This work in the industry requires skills ranging from facility operations, accounting, financial supervisors, data analysis and operating budgets, and overseeing product distribution. You do not need a background in cannabis to fill the role. If you are a certified public accountant and have had similar employment experience, the job could very well be yours.


Extraction Specialist


The need for extraction technicians is growing as many people turn to hemp and cannabis for natural therapeutic benefits. Careers in cannabis extraction pay very well. You could earn a salary of $75,000 up to $125,000. Extracting CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids to create quality products for medical and recreational use requires skilled laboratory work. A background in science may be necessary for this job position, as extraction methods vary, and technicians often use solvents like CO2 and butane, which pose a risk if improperly handled.


Master Grower and Botanical Specialist


If you are skilled in farming, organic growing practices, warehouse maintenance, supervising, and more, you may be eligible for a career in growing and harvesting hemp or cannabis. A grow master’s salary is approximately $80,000 to $100,000. Hemp farming jobs can be quite labor intensive and more rigorous than you could imagine. The process is much more than putting a seed in the ground and watching it grow. Your duties may include harvesting seedlings, cloning, plant feeding, pruning, preventing molds and fungi, managing harvests, record keeping, and warehouse maintenance from hydroponic water systems to grow lights and soil checks. If you have knowledge and experience in growing hemp and cannabis, this job may be a great fit for you. A successful harvest can lead to bonuses, higher salary, and career security.


Culinary Arts Edible Creators


A job crafting CBD and THC edibles for medical and recreational use might sound like a dream job! The variations in edibles on the market are amazingly vast. Visit a dispensary and you will most likely be in disbelief at how many options there are. You name it, and there’s probably a cannabis-infused version of it from drinks, baked goods, beef jerky, candy, coffee, and more the list goes on. Making edibles takes an understanding of how to infuse cannabis into foods in controlled doses and balanced proportions. An in depth process, this job position takes culinary expertise and knowledge of working in commercial kitchens. Every ingredient and amount of THC or CBD must be correctly measured and labeled appropriately. Creating edibles can be difficult due to the regulations and laws. Strainz has edible chef opportunities and is eager to fill positions with top talent, whether you are experienced in the industry or have amazing culinary skills in general. A job at Strainz is one of the most unique employment opportunities in the world. 


The cannabis industry is booming, and numerous high paying jobs are popping up all over the United States. You may be living in an area where cannabis and hemp is legal, and career positions in the industry are looking to be filled. You may also be willing to relocate to an area paying high salaries to skilled knowledgeable professionals looking to build a new career path. 


If you’re a motivated and passionate person committed to helping others, we’re looking for you. Send us your resume and cover letter today.


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