How Many People Does the Cannabis Industry Employ?
People are clamoring to get a job in the emerging cannabis industry. It's understandable. The cannabis industry is a very exciting thing, and growing constantly.
There are numerous opportunities in the cannabis industry when it comes to employment. 'How do I get a job in the cannabis industry' is one of the top inquiries I receive from people across the country.
Most people that I talk to want to be a cultivator or a budtender, but there are many other jobs to be had in the cannabis industry. But how many jobs are in the cannabis industry?
New estimates show solid growth in the cannabis job market
According to numbers released by Marijuana Business Daily, there are roughly 100,000-150,000 legal cannabis jobs in America right now, and that number is growing.
It is estimated that as many as 79,000 people work in cultivation or at a cannabis dispensary/store. As many as 66,000 work in ancillary sectors of the cannabis industry, meaning that they don't 'touch the plant.'
Common ancillary businesses in the cannabis industry include, but are not limited to, software engineers, vaporizer product designers, and consultants.
How do the numbers compare to other industries?
According to the Marijuana Business Daily article, the size of the cannabis labor force is comparable to other industries. Specifically, the article states that the numbers are similar to the number of flight attendants in America.
It is also estimated that there are about as many cannabis workers as there are web developers, database administrators and librarians. That really puts it into perspective.
No end to growth in site
Unlike the other previously mentioned jobs outside of the cannabis industry, job growth in the cannabis industry is growing exponentially. That will no doubt continue as current states that have industries continue to grow, and other legal industries come online via reform victories.
Right now it is expected that at least five states (California, Arizona, Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts) will vote on recreational cannabis legalization in November, with Michigan possibly gaining ballot access via a legal challenge.
Florida and Arkansas are also voting on medical cannabis legalization. Missouri looks likely to make the ballot for medical cannabis, and South Dakota just filed a legal challenge to try to get on the ballot.
South Dakota wouldn't exactly be a hot bed for cannabis jobs, but jobs will pop up there nonetheless if medical cannabis is legalized there.
Do you want to get a job in the legal cannabis industry? Do you need tips on how to acheive that goal? If so, check out a great article published by Green Flower recently that provides 11 tips for landing a job in the cannabis industry.
What job would you like to have in the cannabis industry?