This article was originally published on Marijuana.com
According to a recent report by CBS News, the job market in the U.S. is seeing a boom in marijuana industry employment. According to Marijuana Business Daily, cannabis companies in America currently employ 100,000 – 150,000 full- and part-time workers.
The CBS article cites that if these numbers are accurate, then there are as many people in the legal pot industry as there are flight attendants (108,000), web developers (127,000) or librarians (131,000) in the whole country.
Cannabis permeates so many other sectors as well, which drives the demand for employees. There’s the direct industry which handles the cultivation of the plant and its various products and then there is the lighting industry, vaporizers, glassware, logistics, shipping, legal services, technology, and much more.
Cannabis is reaping more than $3 billion a year and will grow exponentially as more states edge into legalization.
Chris Walsh, editorial director for Marijuana Business Daily, said that the data shows that pot “is becoming an economic engine for the country. We’re really just scratching the surface in terms of jobs in this industry.”
Much of the employment is for seasonal workers who are needed on marijuana farms during planting and harvesting times, but the popularity of retail dispensaries has created demand for thousands of store managers, security guards, and budtenders.
Job seekers looking to get into the U.S. cannabis industry should know that in the areas where weed has been legal for a while, employers are looking for people with extensive cannabis experience, meaning individuals who know about strains, effects and the differences between Sativas and Indicas, as opposed to folks who have simply enjoyed smoked it for many years.
As more states legalize, no doubt more employment will follow. Perhaps if many jobs are created through cannabis across the U.S., the pushback from those opposed to change will lessen when they see their friends and neighbors earning fair wages from a variety of marijuana-related careers.
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