WeedHire, the go-to website connecting cannabis industry employers with job-seekers, just published the most recent quarterly report on industry job growth. Two more states and Washington D.C. have legalized a recreational marijuana market since the last quarterly report was published, but those markets have not yet had time to significantly influence job growth. Still, this quarterly report shows that the cannabis industry is definitely budding, backing up the with the estimate predicting 200,000 new industry jobs in the future.
The cannabis industry has created a job market for more than budtenders, trimmers, growers and other common dispensary positions. This industry expands to many different sectors of the job market. For example, many of the listings on WeedHire are recruiting research scientists, program developers, attorneys, administrative positions and more. There are also ample opportunities for those seeking technology, marketing and social media positions. Although, most of the job postings on WeedHire list a salary range between $30,000-50,000, there are several starting above six figures.
According to the Q4 report, more than 148 million Americans now live in a state that has legalized medical marijuana, and more than 17 million live in states that have approved recreational marijuana measures. This means that approximately half of all Americans have supported cannabis policy reform where they live.
Implementation of state law has the biggest influence on the growth of the cannabis industry. Program development has delayed medical marijuana in Illinois, New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, among others. Once those programs are established, the industries will be able to grow further. For example, the flourishing Colorado industry has reduced the unemployment rate from 6.5 percent to 4.2 percent in just one year, and the Brookings Institute described the marijuana industry as an “excellent opportunity for young people without a college education to escape the clutches of minimum wage.”
View the WeeHire quarterly jobs report infographic below:
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