The Best Jobs in Cannabis Industry to Pay Attention to In 2022

The Best Jobs in Cannabis Industry to Pay Attention to In 2022

What are the top jobs in cannabis? The most desired position in the cannabis industry was sales, which was the case even though it is no longer the most popular. Close behind was the Lab position in Testing Labs. Who knows what 2022 holds?

Did you know that the median US salary for a job in the legal cannabis industry is higher than the average US salary in any other industry? This was before COVID made it mandatory. So it's not surprising that so many people are looking for jobs in the cannabis industry.

Are you considering a career in the marijuana industry?

Many people compare the current cannabis industry to the early 2000s Internet industry. Some companies, such as, didn't succeed, but others, like Google, did. Imagine being able to get in on the ground floor at a company like Google. This is your chance to get involved in the cannabis industry.

According to the projections, there will be 414,000 jobs in the cannabis industry by 2022. You may still be interested in working with marijuana.

While some careers in cannabis may be entry-level, others require a lot of experience and expertise. Let's take an in-depth look at the top cannabis jobs for 2022.

Marketing and Sales

This is the most highly-paid and sought-after job in the cannabis industry. Candidates have earned between $250,000 and $300,000. This includes their commission. Although it takes many years to reach this level, the potential is there now that the cannabis industry expands across the country. This could lead to B2B sales intrastate and interstate depending on which products are legalized. You're in the right place if this is your field, and you want to make a career out of it.

Master Grower

This position is also known as Director of Cultivation. It requires years of experience growing legal cannabis and/or a degree in horticulture. You are the master grower and have to oversee a team of growers. The master grower will also oversee the planting, watering, and feeding of the plants. You will keep a detailed log of chemical use and lighting and other factors that may affect the growth process. For larger companies, a master grower with years of legal experience can earn upwards of $150,000 per year.


This is not an entry-level job, but it is highly lucrative and competitive. It also comes with high risk. Extractors are responsible for extracting cannabis concentrates and products using different chemical processes. This job requires a highly skilled person who is well-trained.

Many extractors have worked in cannabis extraction labs for years. Most also have a degree or certificate in Chemistry. Experiential extractors working for larger companies may earn upwards of $180,000 per year!

Dispensary Manager

This position is ideal for someone who has previous experience in retail management or pharmacology, or has worked as a Team Leader in a cannabis dispensary. You will be the dispensary's face as the manager. This means you will interact with vendors, law enforcement and landlords. It is your responsibility to manage the dispensary’s staff. A dispensary can be destroyed quickly by a poor manager, who will earn more money.

Budtender, Dispensary Tech and Dispensary Agent

This is a highly-sought after job in the cannabis industry. You'll be the first person a customer sees when they visit a dispensary. You will need to have excellent interpersonal skills and customer service skills in order to succeed.

This job requires you to be able to help customers find the product they are looking for. You also need to check IDs and verify medical cards. Many states now require dispensary training to all employees. It is not uncommon for states to require training, but it makes sense that qualified applicants are more likely to be hired than non-trained applicants.

Cultivation Site Workers/Trimmer

Another excellent entry-level job in cannabis. Many people will start in the cannabis industry as trimmers. You will be trimming and removing the buds from the stems and leaves at the cultivation site. This is in preparation for curing or selling.

This is the best place to begin if you are interested in becoming a master gardener or any other position on the cultivation side. As you progress in your career, you'll gain firsthand knowledge about the growing process. As we mentioned, promotions can happen quickly so you can easily move from Trimmer to Site Cultivation Worker or Asst. In just two years, you can be a Grower.

Laboratory Workers

The legal cannabis industry is dependent on testing labs, and there are more openings each year. State and local governments use lab testing to ensure patients receive safe products. Lab testers test cannabis for cannabinoids and pesticides. There are many requirements that you must meet in order to work as a cannabis tester. 


This is another way you can get involved in the marijuana industry, but without having to come in direct contact. A cannabis accountant would function in the same way as an accountant in any other industry. He or she is responsible for maintaining the financial records, including payroll, taxes, budgets, and more. The IRS regulates cannabis differently than other industries. If you are interested in switching to the marijuana industry, be ready to learn new tax laws.

Driver for Delivery

There are two roles that you can play as a delivery driver for the cannabis industry. First, you will be making house calls to patients with medical conditions who cannot go to the dispensary. This job requires a patient and compassionate person with a clean driving history. This is a traveling Budtender.

Another way to be a delivery driver for marijuana is to act as a courier. You would be driving cannabis from the cultivation center to the dispensary, or to a processing facility. This requires some previous experience with armored trucks, police or military experience.

What Marijuana Jobs are Right for You?

There are many careers in cannabis that suit different interests and levels of experience. There are many opportunities for people with strengths in science, agriculture, business, customer service or other areas of cannabis.Are you considering a career in the marijuana industry? Consult a cannabis recruitment company. They will not only guide you about the best jobs but will help you get one.