Within the cannabis industry are niches involving typical jobs required in nearly every industry.

To get a job in the cannabis industry first requires a willingness to do whatever it takes. A strong desire yields the necessary persistence required for pushing past any obstacle that might slow progress. If you’re ready to do all it takes to succeed, it’s only a matter of time.

Below, we’ll take a look at all the different types of jobs, training courses, and job options available within the cannabis space.

The most critical piece of information to keep in mind as you’re discovering all the ongoing abundant options — your state of mind, attitude, goals, dreams, character and ongoing persistence.

Types Of Jobs In The Cannabis Industry

Each industry has both its own unique roles that only exist within that specific industry, as well as the more common job positions that exist nearly everywhere.

Some technical types of jobs in the cannabis industry will require advanced training and specialized knowledge to even meet the minimum requirements.

While other job positions in the cannabis industry won’t require any more training that the individual company will require.

Types of jobs in the cannabis industry include.

  • Budtender
  • Harvester
  • Grower
  • Delivery
  • security guard (guard card)
  • Affiliate sales
  • Extractor
  • Packager
  • Compliance
  • Chef
  • Bookkeeper
  • Consultant (link to Sam Oven’s)
  • Sales and marketing (such as a Facebook CBD Ad expert)
  • Management
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • HR and administration
  • IT and technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Retail
  • Sales

Extractors require high level technical knowledge, while budtenders and harvesters are some of the more simple positions that get your foot in the door.

As with any position in life, the more specialized your knowledge is and the more you can do with that information, the more valuable you’ll be to the company you work for.

Specifically, How Do You Get A Job In The Cannabis Industry?

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

That being said, you only need one person or company to say yes to you, your application, and/or resume.

There are numerous resources, books, and training programs that can help you maximize your overall presentation for when you actually approach a cannabis business for a job.

A few of the fundamentals in polishing your approach include.

  • Clean and professional online & social presence
  • You’re currently active within the industry and professional networking groups
  • You have a LinkedIn account 
  • Professional photo (headshot)
  • Polished resume
  • Elevator pitch – what value you bring to the company in a few seconds
  • Brochure website outlining who you are, your experience, testimonies from previous employers or clients

Making sure you have your fundamentals square, if the first task to prevent you from being automatically disqualified because of poor appearance.

How To Get Into The Cannabis Industry At 18 — With No Experience?

Experience is a very loose word in the professional world and is only worth as much as your most recent client or job.

If you’re new to the industry and you have no experience, you probably don’t want to tell people you don’t have any industry experience.

Instead, start by getting your business fundamentals and work ethics in order.

A few secrets in getting a job in the cannabis industry with no experience include.

  • Demonstrating to your prospective employer of your obsession 
  • Emanate a burning desire to enter the industry, 
  • Have an insanely high willingness to learn and make changes
  • Be teachable all the time, every time. 
  • Yes, you will do anything and everything asked of you
  • Be a quick learner, put in more time learning than anyone else
  • Have a long term vision for the specialized skill and knowledge you hope to contribute to the industry
  • Have as much information about the company and industry as you can before you make your approach
  • Use industry language, terms, and acronyms
  • Persistence. Literally, be ready and willing to ask thousands of companies for jobs. And keep persisting after that. 
  • Always be growing with an intense desire to keep learning

While the above list is just a start to help you get motivated to seek out the proper information required to get you into the industry, once you start getting responses from companies potentially interested in chatting with you, you need to be ready to demonstrate your capabilities you’re aiming for.

In the process of chatting with business owners or hiring managers, having an in-depth understanding of business operations will help them gloss over the fact that you’re only 18 and have little or no experience.

If you hear the word no, KEEP PUSHING. Ask to go to work for free (inter) to prove your worth a shot.

A great story demonstrating this concept is detailed in the business classic book, Think & Grow Rich (free PDF) chapter one, where Edwin C. Barnes made the decision to be business partners with Thomas Edison.

Without having any money in his pocket, his burning desire obsession triggered him to hop on a train to have an audience with Edison.

Barnes’ story from Think & Grow Rich.

Mr. Edison said, “He stood there before me, looking like an ordinary tramp, but there was something in the expression of his face which conveyed the impression that he was determined to get what he had come after. I had learned, from years of experience with men, that when a man really desires a thing so deeply that he is willing to stake his entire future on a single turn of the wheel in order to get it, he is sure to win.” Barnes had no money to begin with. He had but little education. He had no influence. But he did have initiative, faith, and the will to win. With these intangible forces he made himself the number one man with the greatest inventor who ever lived.”

using professional business language and begging the process of understanding how the industry operates at all levels.

Learn and use industry terms often & acronyms. Know the difference between phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids.

Basic industry terms. (Link to glossary)

  • Vertically integrated
  • Cultivation, dispensary (retail), Marijuana Infused Products (MIPS)
  • Different extraction methods (CO2, ethanol, hydrocarbon)
  • Endocannabinoids (2AG & AEA)
  • Popular cannabinoids (CBD, THC, CBN, CBC, CBG, etc)
  • Types of products (vape carts, flower, tinctures, gummies, dabs, concentrate, topical, etc)
  • CB1 & CB2 receptors
  • Seed-To-Sale
  • Feminized seed

Once you get a well rounded idea of industry terms and are starting the process of building your professional cannabis industry network, realize you’re always going to need to stay fresh and polish your business skills.

Cannabis Training Universities, Institutes, & Certification Courses

With the rapidly rising popularity and growth of the cannabis industry, more legitimate cannabis training universities are becoming available for those seeking higher education.

Cannabis training universities can help you get a leg up on the competition when applying for specific specialized jobs.

Popular cannabis training universities (info)

Not all cannabis jobs require expert knowledge to get hired.

Some high level technical cannabis jobs — such as master grower or extractor — will require more training and experience to even qualify.

Cost of attending a cannabis training university varies depending on what course you’re aiming to get certified in.

For as low as $80 and up to $2,000+, you can get access to a mountain of information that can help you master the niche you’re seeking.

Cannabis Staffing Agency

Cannabis staffing agencies have ongoing access to networks of cannabis business owners seeking to hire qualified workers.

List of cannabis staffing agencies.

The good news is there’s room for everyone who’s diligently seeking to enter the cannabis industry and remain there for a lifelong career.

cannabis trade shows

While cannabis staffing agencies are a great resource, the truth is that YOU are going to be your best ongoing resource in actually landing your first job in the cannabis industry.

Even though cannabis staffing agencies do get paid to get you a job, there are still a long list of others these agencies are also helping.

To get the best chance of getting hired, you want to play at 100% and utilize every method of success to absolutely guarantee you are getting a job in the cannabis industry.

Cannabis Trade Shows — Attend Industry Events

Going in person (or online) to network with other industry professionals at cannabis industry trade shows offer more benefits than connecting with your next potential employer.

Not only will you get to see the latest industry advances from those leading the growth of the cannabis industry, you’ll also get the valuable experience of building your network.

Building your network and listening to the technical conversations industry leaders are discussing will help you to quickly understand the language as you’re interviewing with your potential employer.

Popular cannabis industry trade shows are listed here.

Once you have a solid idea of who you are, what you like, and the niche you’re going to dedicate your career to, you can begin to figure out what trade shows will end up benefiting you the most.

With more states continuing to legalize, and potential federal legalization on the horizon, the industry within the US and worldwide is still in its infancy with massive growth potential.

The absolute best time to be in a rapidly growing industry is at the ground level, and while the cannabis industry is getting big fast, there’s still a near endless amount of opportunity to explore.

Online Cannabis Job Boards

To start, most qualified workers who aim to get a job in the cannabis industry begin by looking at what’s available from online job recruiting websites — such as Glassdoor and Indeed.

Online cannabis job boards.

Each job board attracts different employers looking to hire for various cannabis jobs.

Keep persisting, apply to everything, and keep going until you get the job you want.

Start Your Own Cannabis Business And/Or Freelance

It can be more simple to start your own cannabis business than it is to find a job.

For me, it took about five years to figure out how to make money without a “job” and I’ve currently been self employed full time for about five years.

Once I cracked the business code, I can honestly say it’s 100% more simple to get a client than it is to get a job.

There’s not a single trick or secret to get a client versus getting a job.

Getting a client is similar to getting a job in the essence of hustling and knocking on a lot of doors.

Types of cannabis business you can start — right now.

  • CBD affiliate — sell cannabis products on behalf of other companies and receive a commission. Why I choose Joy Organics CBD to be an affiliate seller for is because of their product variety, quality, and and much more. Being a CBD affiliate seller in the cannabis industry is great because with Trump signing the 2018 Farm Bill made CBD legal at the federal level — allowing you to sell it in most all 50 states.

As a business owner, you have to constantly be prospecting and find new clients or locking in long term clients.

Whereas getting a job, you only have to keep prospecting until you get hired — and then all you have to focus on is doing the work.

If you decide to go down the path to figuring out how to be your own boss, the responsibilities aren’t that much more complex.

It all boils down to basics of product, marketing, and managing finances.

Once you’ve figured out your one silver bullet product or service, you then have to put yourself in front of people who are already aggressively looking for you.

There are a ton of startup companies sprouting up everyday and the options are seemingly endless.

Don’t try to be everything to everyone. Choose a single skill to master and sell better than anyone else.

Position yourself as the leader in your specialized skill and then go to work selling your skill to CEO’s, managing partners, owners, etc.

One last tip if you’re going to be your own boss in the cannabis industry is if they ask you for a resume — you’re probably not going to get the client.

If a company is asking for a resume, you’re more than likely going to be competing with potentially countless other applicants.

Instead, the secret is to not look for clients where the masses are traditionally looking.

This means stay away from job boards and start networking and asking people if they need help with your specific skill.

Good deals tend to happen very quickly, whereas trying to get a job via a resume can take weeks and months.

Whereas a solid client will give you money that day.

As a business owner, you get paid for results. If you have a job, you get paid hourly.