The demand for legal marijuana is tremendous and the industry needs to have a quick turn over of product to meet that demand. Cannabis firms are interested in employees that are used to a fast moving industry like popular restaurants or the hospitality industry.
There is a lot of demand for jobs as well, so applying to a cannabis firm should be done as professionally as a job seeker would do at the most elite of companies. Targeting a job that compliments experience is also a wise move. Vangsters is a website people looking for a job might check out if they are interested in a job at a cannabis firm.
For anyone curious about working in the world of weed, a new resource makes job-hunting easier.
A recruiting agency for legal cannabis firms has launched a website that aims to serve as a one-stop shop for employers and job seekers. The site, Vangsters, allows hopefuls to apply to jobs and crate employee profiles, with a focus on marijuana-specific skills and software.
With eight U.S. states having legalized recreational marijuana, and 20 more allowing it for medical use, it’s clear the field is set to only keep growing. And with that growth potential, many workers — particularly those in other professions yet to see much in the way of raises — might be looking over at a rapidly expanding industry offering a range of career opportunities.
But how should someone intrigued by the idea of working in the cannabis sector start searching, and what kind of jobs are available? Read on if you’re thinking of taking a leap into the burgeoning new industry.
First, the good news. The legal marijuana business is set to add some 80,000 jobs in the U.S. over the next few years. By 2021, the direct and indirect effect of recreational and medical cannabis, including jobs at businesses that service the pot industry, will create an estimated 400,000 jobs, according to industry analysts Arcview Market Research.
Now the bad news. With legal marijuana hailed as the new “gold rush,” competition for work is fierce as people from other industries try to break into the sector.
“There are more people who are interested in getting into the space than there are jobs,” said Karson Humiston, CEO of recruiting agency Vangst, which is behind Vangsters. About 5,500 job-seekers have filled out profiles on the site since it went online in January, she said.
The legal marijuana industry breaks down into a few major areas: growing, retailing, infused products and ancillary services (think software development, business-to-business sales and so forth). If you’re unsure where to look, thinking about these sectors and their mainstream analogs can help you figure out where to focus your efforts.
Do you have experience in hospitality, restaurants or high-end retail? Workers who’ve been in high-volume, customer-facing industries are in demand at marijuana dispensaries, the largest subsector in the cannabis field.
“They tend to be high-end, well-paid retail jobs,” said Tom Adams, ArcView’s editor-in-chief. “The cannabis industry is the classic mom-and-pop scenario. It’s very labor intensive, and those mom-and-pop operators tend to pay very well to get people who are knowledgeable about cannabis and very good at interacting with a range of consumers.”