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Budtenders Wanted: Cannabis Industry Growing Like a Weed

Apr. 12, 2018

400,000. That’s how many cannabis workers will be employed in the U.S. by 2021. With 230,000 legal cannabis employees in the workforce currently, and with regulations changing by the week across the country, to say this industry is growing is …

We care about jobs, and, as data nerds, we love nothing more than a new industry to track. This particular “new” industry is coming to states front loaded with high demand (pun intended), which makes for some fascinating findings.

An industry that’s projected to bring in an annual $22 billion in sales by 2021 is certain to grow jobs right along with that revenue. In addition to the obvious roles, budtenders, growers, and dispensary managers, cannabis sales create a host of supplementary jobs. Because cannabis transactions are still not legalized at the federal level, dispensaries and other businesses must deal in cash only, creating high demand for services to assist with large loads of cash, security professionals, etc.

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In addition to analyzing the number of cannabis jobs, we’re interested in the types of companies that are hiring, and are especially interested in job listing titles. “Patient Care Specialist,” “Sales Associate” and “General Manager” were titles we expected to see, but more technical roles such as “Python Engineer” and “Django Engineer” are worth looking into. The cannabis industry is working hard to elevate itself from the burn-out, hippie culture it can be associated with. Similar to how the craft beer industry has earned respect that was formerly reserved for “wine snobs,” cannabis is trying to redefine itself within the legal landscape. In legal states, “dealers” are wearing suits and ties, not tie-dyed tees.


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