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What Are The Best Jobs In The Cannabis Industry?

  • by Alfonso Colasuonno
This decade is poised to be a roaring twenties for cannabis. On Election Day this year, voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota all passed measures legalizing cannabis for recreational use. This now brings the total number of states with legal recreational cannabis to fifteen, plus the District of Columbia. There’s a strong likelihood that federal legalization will pass at some point in the 2020s, and if not, that more states will continue to legalize cannabis.

With all this positive traction on the legality of cannabis, have you ever thought about getting into the industry?

Perhaps you’d love to work in the cannabis space, but you don’t have a green thumb. That’s OK; many jobs do not directly involve working with the plant. Here are a few of our favorite options:

Accountant

Salary: $44,000 - $124,000

Recommended Certifications: CPA

Recommended Degree: Bachelor’s in Accounting

Recommended Skills: 

  • Analytical Skills
  • Experience with Accounting Software
  • Microsoft Office
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Maintaining accurate financial records
  • Managing money
  • Navigating taxes
  • Obtaining credit
  • Processing payments

Digital Media Manager

Salary: $35,000 - $115,000

Recommended Degree: Bachelor’s in Communications, Marketing, or a related field

Recommended Skills:
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Photography
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Videography
  • Writing
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Content Writing
  • Digital Strategy Development
  • Email Marketing
  • Influencer Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social Media Management
  • Web Analytics

Electrician

Salary: $33,000 - $97,000

Recommended Certifications: Electrician Journeyman License

Recommended Skills:
  • Air Conditioning Maintenance and Repair
  • Carpentry
  • Heating Maintenance and Repair
  • Hydraulics
  • Mechanical Maintenance and Repair
  • Plumbing
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Diagnosing, troubleshooting, and repairing wiring, lighting, control systems, and motors
  • Routine maintenance
  • Upgrading infrastructure

Executive Assistant

Salary: $38,000 - $91,000

Recommended Degree: Bachelor’s in Business Administration or a related field

Recommended Skills:
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Microsoft Office
  • Organizational Skills
  • Time Management 
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Bookkeeping
  • Drafting business correspondence
  • Office management
  • Personal and business errands
  • Research

Graphic Designer

Salary: $31,000 - $89,000

Recommended Degree: Bachelor’s in Graphic Design or a related field

Recommended Skills:
  • Adobe Animate
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Conceptualizing, designing, and improving logos
  • Conceptualizing, designing, and improving marketing and advertising materials
  • Conceptualizing, designing, and improving product labels
  • Conceptualizing, designing, and improving website interfaces

Human Resources Manager

Salary: $68,000 - $206,000

Recommended Degree: Bachelor’s in Business or a related field

Recommended Skills:
  • Google Docs
  • Microsoft Office
  • Problem Analysis and Resolution Skills
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Administering benefit programs
  • Conducting employee training
  • Creating job postings
  • Developing and communicating HR policies, procedures, programs, and laws
  • Managing staff disciplinary issues
  • Recruiting, hiring, and onboarding employees

IT Manager

Salary: $87,000 - $208,000

Recommended Degree: Bachelor’s in Information Technology

Recommended Skills:
  • Active Directory
  • Networking
  • Virtualization 
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Analyzing and making recommendations for the improvement of current IT infrastructure and systems
  • Ensuring security of data, network access, and backup systems
  • Providing hardware, software, telecommunications, networking, and POS support
  • Sourcing IT equipment

Lawyer

Salary: $60,000 - $208,000

Recommended Certifications: Active Member of Your State’s Bar

Recommended Degree: Juris Doctor in Law

Recommended Skills:
  • Analytical Skills
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Writing 
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Challenging state and federal prohibitions
  • Drafting proposed legislation
  • Regulatory research and analysis
  • Structuring, drafting, and negotiating commercial agreements

Marketing Director

Salary: $71,000 - $208,000

Recommended Degree: Bachelor’s in Business, Marketing, or a related field

Recommended Skills:
  • Media Buying
  • Relationship Management
  • Revenue Planning
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Written and Verbal Communication
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Developing and implementing B2B, B2C, and wholesale strategies
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with influencers and key strategic partners
  • Evaluating market research
  • Overseeing brand launches

Paralegal

Salary: $32,000 - $83,000

Recommended Certifications: Paralegal Certificate

Recommended Degree: Bachelor’s in Paralegal Studies

Recommended Skills:
  • Microsoft Office
  • Organizational Skills
  • Written and Verbal Communication
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Communicating with governmental bodies about licensing matters
  • Drafting, typing, editing, and proofreading legal documents

Production Manager

Salary: $65,000 - $176,000

Recommended Degree: Bachelor’s in Business Management or a related field

Recommended Skills:
  • Leadership and Motivational Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Written and Verbal Communication
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Assisting in staffing decisions
  • Ensuring safety procedures are followed
  • Ensuring the efficiency, quality, and cost-effective management of resources
  • Managing supply chains
  • Planning and overseeing budgets, operations, and timelines

Sales Representative

Salary: $41,000 - $159,000

Recommended Skills:
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Salesforce
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Answering customer inquiries
  • Offering technical support
  • Preparing sales presentations
  • Processing sales orders and maintaining customer information
  • Providing market intelligence and customer feedback to management
  • Selling products to other businesses

Security Guard

Salary: $21,000 - $50,000

Recommended Degree: High school diploma or equivalent

Recommended Skills:
  • Law Enforcement Training
  • Military Training
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Checking in employees, visitors, vendors, and deliveries
  • Ensuring all cash is accounted for
  • Maintaining event logs from all security systems
  • Neutralizing situations with tact and common sense
  • Performing security patrols
  • Reviewing surveillance video

Web Developer

Salary: $40,000 - $142,000

Recommended Degree: Bachelor’s in Computer Programming, Computer Science, or a related field

Recommended Skills:
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • CSS
  • Git
  • HTML
  • InVision
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • JSON
  • Mercurial
  • PHP
  • SEO
  • Sketch
  • SVN
  • WordPress
  • XML
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Analyzing user needs to implement web content, graphics, performance, and capacity
  • Establishing and guiding website architecture

Writer

Salary: $34,000 - $122,000

Recommended Degree: Bachelor’s in English, Journalism, Communications, Marketing, or a related field

Recommended Skills:
  • Research Skills
  • SEO
  • Writing
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Creating marketing materials, product descriptions, email and SMS copy, and blog content
  • Editing and proofreading copy 

Alfonso Colasuonno is the Co-Founder/CEO of MyCareerHacker, a company that provides resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile writing services. He has helped job applicants for 7 years through MyCareerHacker and as a freelancer for other leading companies. Alfonso also has 4 years of experience in the cannabis industry and drug policy reform nonprofits through affiliations with Goldleaf, Empire State NORML, and the Drug Policy Alliance. If you need assistance with your resume or other job application materials for employment in the cannabis industry, click here to email Alfonso.

Source: Redd, Luke. 2020. ‘29 Awesome Cannabis Jobs in the Fast-Growing Legal Weed Industry.’ Trade Schools, Colleges and Universities, 16 September 2020. https://www.trade-schools.net/articles/cannabis-jobs
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