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6 jobs that can earn you a 6-figure salary in the $85 billion cannabis industry

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 07 Feb 2020


If you've ever wanted a job in cannabis, there are opportunities to make six-figure salaries in some of the industry's top roles.Cannabis recruitment firm Vangst recorded a 79% increase from 2018 to 2019 in total available jobs in the industry.We've rounded up the six top-earning positions in the cultivation, extraction, manufacturing, and retail sectors of cannabis, Vangst's salary report.Click here for more BI Prime content.Despite a wave of recent layoffs at big cannabis companies and venture-backed startups, the industry still has an exciting future ahead.Wall Street analysts say cannabis could become an $85 billion industry by 2030, and most Democratic candidates for president have advocated for full-scale legalization.If you've ever thought of working in cannabis, whether it's selling a new product or making a complete mid-career change, there are opportunities to earn high salaries in some of the industry's top roles.Cannabis recruitment firm Vangst partners with more than 600 companies to place candidates in jobs across 14 US markets. The company recorded a 79% increase from 2018 to 2019 in total available job opportunities.Vangst's annual salary guide reveals how much money candidates can expect to make in various positions. Based on the report, Business Insider rounded up the jobs that will earn you six-figure salaries.In 2019, the cannabis industry employed about 200,000 people in the US, and that number is expected to increase to more than 400,000 jobs by 2021, according to Vangst's guide."We're coming out with this report as a lot of companies are laying people off, and people are reluctant about cannabis employment opportunities," Vangst CEO Karson Humiston said in a November interview. "But look at the actual facts: There are 211,000 people employed in cannabis right now, and this number is expected to reach over 400,000 by 2021. The industry is growing; the number of jobs is growing, and that's a fact."The report only includes vertically-integrated sectors of the cannabis industry. These jobs are also known as "touching the plant" and include cultivation, lab/extraction, manufacturing, and retail.Ancillary, or "not touching the plant" jobs such as marketing and web development were not included in the report, since salaries are generally the same as in other industries.The numbers given are averages from the highest to 50th percentile. These candidates typically have strong expertise and directly relevant educational backgrounds. The jobs are salary based and highly competitive. We did not include jobs that pay hourly rates. It's also important to note that salaries are relative to cost of living, so actual salaries may range higher or lower, depending on the state you live in.Here are the jobs in cannabis that can earn you six figures.SEE ALSO:The cannabis industry is set to employ 400,000 people in the US by 2021 ' here's how much key jobs in the industry pay, from budtender to cultivation directorMUST READ:A highly-paid Salesforce exec wanted to quit and start a company. But he needed to convince his wife he wasn't crazy, so he made her this pitch deck. Now his startup is worth $14 billion.Director of cultivation - $118,600A cultivation director is the highest position within cultivation facilities, which grow cannabis plants. They oversee facility operations and production goals, manage employees, and create standard operating procedures.Director of extraction - $119,500A lab or extraction director is the highest position within facilities that extract cannabinoids from the plant to make edibles, concentrates, and other products. A director develops the post-harvest process, including chemical analysis, harvest timing, and extraction operating procedures.Compliance manager - $122,000A compliance manager is responsible for researching and interpreting regulatory compliance at each level of the cannabis supply chain, from cultivation to retail.Director of retail - $124,200A retail director leads a team in a store that sells the cannabis products. The director ensures stores have the best resources, policies, and standard operating procedures to cater to their customers.VP of manufacturing - $167,000In the manufacturing sector, a vice president oversees projects from start to finish and is responsible for ensuring product quality and development.VP of retail - $152,000A retail vice president is responsible for the strategic objectives of a company, including compliance, budgets, business plans, scaling, and policies. This role also manages the company's profit, loss, and inventory.
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