Legalizing Cannabis Creates New Jobs in the Tech Industry

by | Mar 17, 2022

Written by Kristina Etter

Kristina is a digital content creator and designer. She has a talent for creating engaging and informative content that resonates with our professional audience. Kristina’s passion for the cannabis industry stems from her belief that it has the potential to revolutionize the world in many ways, and has a personal testimony of cannabis success.

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Thankfully, many states across the country are beginning to see the benefits of legalizing cannabis. Some are giving full, outright legalization, while other states legalize it only for medicinal purposes. Either way, this is a positive step in a safer direction for everyone, and as legalization gains traction, other benefits emerge, such as the thousands of cannabis job opportunities across the industry.

Unprecedented Job Growth

In 2021, the cannabis industry had already created the equivalent of 321k full-time jobs. As legalization grows, the market is expected to reach 600k jobs within the next four years. The cannabis industry has already surpassed several other mainstream industries in job options. For instance, job opportunities for nurse practitioners, web developers, EMTs and paramedics, and electrical engineers have all fallen under the number of available jobs in the cannabis industry.

As opposed to many other industries in the job market, the COVID pandemic has had little to no effect on the positions available within the cannabis job market. In fact, in the infamous 2020, the cannabis industry added a further 77,300 full-time positions, in stark contrast to many industries that suffered massive layoffs at the height of the pandemic.

The technologies necessary to grow and produce cannabis products mean an increase of many specialized positions in the cannabis field, offering a significant income. For instance, Master Extractors are the highest paid in the industry, as far as positions directly related to cannabis. Extractors make $80-250k per year, and they oversee safe production and ensure regulations are followed in the process. Master Growers make $50-120k per year as the botany or horticulture experts in charge of large grow operations. These individuals also often receive bonuses and profit shares.

Quality Control employs experts in biology, agronomy, chemistry, or entomology at $50-100k per year. Edibles Chefs make $40-90k per year as they prepare cannabis-laden baked goods, drinks, candies, and more, with expert knowledge.

Other strictly cannabis-related jobs include Dispensary Manager, Extraction Technician, Budtender, Cashier, Marijuana Courier, Trimmer, Harvester, or Cultivator.

Beyond these, individuals with tech backgrounds can find ample opportunities to work in the cannabis industry in such peripheral positions as IT, software developers, web design, logistics, and more.

Any drug has the potential for harm if misused or simply due to the inevitable side effects. Cannabis is no different. However, most Americans believe that legalizing cannabis is the right choice. Although some of the side effects of regular cannabis usage, such as declining cognitive function or lung damage, can prove to be a danger, the cons in no way outweigh the pros of legalization for those who need this natural treatment.

Beyond the potential for a panacea of health potential, the cannabis industry continues to benefit the economy, create jobs, and provide a myriad of opportunities for hundreds of thousands of workers. As the industry expands, so will the demand for experienced, skilled staff. Many individuals could increase their livelihood by putting their technical expertise to work in the cannabis industry.

*This article was contributed by JMR Connect as part of a non-financial, mutually beneficial exchange of services. 

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