How to Be a Desirable Cannabis Job Candidate

Legal cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with programs in 29 states and the District of Columbia. The highly regulated market is looking to university graduates, especially those with scientific degrees, as a means of professionalizing the growing industry.

“For us, it is really [about] trying to change the industry, trying to change the stigma [by] bringing in qualified people,” stated Lilach Mazor Power in an interview with Forbes.

Power is the CEO and co-founder of The Giving Tree Wellness Center in Arizona. Her staff includes two highly trained chemists, as well as over two dozen college and master’s degree graduates.

This demand for qualified cannabis candidates has led to progressive programs in higher education. In 2017, Northern Michigan University became the first to offer a four-year degree in Medicinal Plant Chemistry, an accredited undergraduate program combining the business and science of medical marijuana.

Marijuana Business Daily estimates the industry employed between 165,000-230,000 full and part-time workers in 2017.  Recruiting firms like Vangst and Viridian Staffing specialize in cannabis talent acquisition.

Hiring positions cover a wide range of sectors, from botanists and chemists to financial analysts. In the past year, college graduate placements have tripled, explained Vangst CEO Karson Humiston to Forbes.

For college graduates and those who are ready to transition into the cannabis industry, here are the best cities to find a cannabis job according to ZipRecruiter.

Top 10 Cities for Cannabis Industry Jobs 

  1. Denver, CO
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Seattle, WA
  5. Portland, OR
  6. Sacramento, CA
  7. Spokane, WA
  8. Miami, FL
  9. Chicago, IL
  10. Boston, MA

Top 10 Cities for Cannabis Industry Growth

  1. Spokane, WA
  2. Miami, FL
  3. Deltona, FL
  4. Baltimore, MD
  5. Dallas, TX
  6. Philadelphia, PA
  7. New York, NY
  8. Lincoln, NE
  9. Chicago, IL
  10. Pueblo, CO

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