Just how many cannabis jobs are in the legal industry today?

In June 2017 it was estimated that the cannabis industry had created as many as 230,000 jobs. By 2021, that number could catapult to 414,000 jobs – or more, according to Arcview and BDS Analytics.

Legal cannabis is now the fastest growing industry in the U.S., and if you want to get involved there are plenty of opportunities – even in non-legal states!

Sure there are the jobs you would expect, like managing a dispensary or harvesting buds. And these are only a fraction of the possibilities when you consider all of the opportunities popping up.

Professionals of all backgrounds are finding ways to enter the industry and add value.

The following list is by no means exhaustive – in fact the opportunities end wherever your imagination does!

1.) IT & Computer Programming

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As the industry blossoms so do its tech challenges and need for digital innovation.

Point-of-sale systems, seed-to-sale tracking, and strain data management are just some of the tech-based solutions cannabis businesses are relying on today.

And that’s just the beginning of the cannabis tech crunch…

Locate a dispensary on Weedmaps, see a strain’s reviews on the mobile app for Leafly, and watch your favorite cannabis videos right here on Green Flower – technology is revolutionizing the world of cannabis as we know it. And for programmers looking to contribute, the opportunities are there for the taking.

2.) Sales

If you thrive in the fast-paced environment of sales, there are plenty of cannabis companies out there who would love to make your acquaintance.

Even if you reside in a non-legal state, there are countless ways to get involved.

A lot of companies ship CBD products nationwide and even worldwide, and numerous businesses are searching for people who know how to make a sale.

Whether you excel in generating leads or pitching products, a cannabis company could use your expertise.

3.) Real Estate

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Legalization has led to a nearly insatiable demand for cannabis-friendly commercial real estate.

Cannabis companies have had challenges with real estate in the past. Those challenges are turning into opportunities for real estate owners who want to support the industry.

Take, for example, the soaring real estate values in Colorado and California in areas permitting cultivation. Or, that one out of eleven industrial buildings in Denver now house cannabis grows.

The real estate market is bursting with high rent rates and low vacancy rates – attracting investors and developers looking to enter the playing field.

Cannabis entrepreneurs need landlords they can trust and who are willing to stand against the lingering federal prohibition of this plant.

4.) Marketing

As cannabis moves to the mainstream, businesses are seeking creative ways to navigate marketing and advertising restrictions and still reach consumers.

This challenge has provided a unique opportunity for marketers looking to enter an emerging industry.

If you can help cannabis companies better strategize and overcome their marketing hurdles – consider yourself hired!

5.) Journalism


The cannabis universe needs great storytellers, writers who are willing to capture the facts and help dismantle nearly a century of misinformation and stigma.

A lot of people are confused about this plant; misconceptions continue to circulate, and studies are often blatantly misinterpreted or slanted in an effort to maintain prohibition.

Whether you want to spread cannabis truth or keep people up to date on all the latest happenings in the industry, opportunities abound for editors and writers worldwide.

6.) HR Services

Human resources is another huge challenge for a lot of cannabis companies that are creating all these cannabis jobs.

They need HR services, which can come in and handle essential aspects of employment like employee laws, benefits, and all the paperwork involved.

The industry needs strong HR professionals to keep things moving forward.

7.) Legal Services

The legal landscape for cannabis companies is complicated. Policy changes can occur overnight, and companies need a legal advisor who knows how to navigate often times rocky terrain.

If you can help cannabis entrepreneurs and companies adhere to regulations and respond to changes in law, you’ll be able to add direct value to a growing industry.

Common legal services for cannabis-based operations include:

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Licensing
  • Corporate governance
  • Business formation
  • Trademark protection

If you have a legal mind, you can make a difference by helping this blossoming industry find its feet.

8.) Web Design

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Like any other business, a cannabis company needs a great website with a responsive design.

A website allows a company to reach audiences on a global level, not to mention the opportunity to set up an online marketplace to generate sales.

An eye for design and a passion for this plant could take you far in this industry as a professional web designer.

With cannabis-based businesses launching all the time, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to a growing field.

9.) Policymakers

Building a sustainable framework for this new industry is an essential task, and policymakers are a key part of this process.

For cannabis specifically, we need policymakers who can make decisions based off of scientific facts rather than the propaganda of special interest groups.

This is an incredible opportunity to shape history and we need sensible policies that benefit the most amount of people.

If you’re a policymaker who truly believes in the power of this plant, the time to act is now.

10.) Accounting

Taking on cannabis clients who grow or sell cannabis is quickly becoming a specialized niche for CPAs.

Assisting companies with fundamental processes such as bookkeeping, account management, tax and business consulting, audit protection, and tax preparation – qualified accountants are in high demand in this industry.

If you possess the appropriate skills in this area, you’ll find cannabis clients who are in need of your expertise.

11.) Education

People are increasingly becoming aware that there is something more to cannabis – and the need for cannabis education is greater than ever.

Whether it’s teaching people how to cook with cannabis or even how to enter the industry, the future of cannabis relies on producing and sharing quality education about this plant.

If you have any expertise surrounding cannabis, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and to connect with cannabis education platforms like Green Flower.

12.) Graphic Design

The emergence of a legal cannabis market is changing the way people approach this plant.

Graphic designers play a key role in shaping the style and image of this new industry, and in doing so they help shape the image of cannabis around the globe.

Whether you prefer creating custom graphics or designing branded packages, get creative and get involved in shaping public perception.

13.) Event Planning

Cannabis enthusiasts are convening like never before, and there is a tremendous appetite for personal connection amongst this community that has had to keep the plant in the dark for so long.

Whether you want to organize social or networking events, the cannabis industry has ample opportunity for creative event planners who want to get involved.

14.) Security


Security is a big concern for cannabis companies, and for good reason.

Many cannabis-based operations face major banking restrictions resulting in an influx of cash, leading to potentially dangerous situations.

If you have a background in security, rest assured, cannabis companies could use your help.

15.) Business Consulting

Cannabis is the fastest growing industry in the U.S., and it is full of both new entrepreneurs who love cannabis and experienced entrepreneurs who are new to the plant.

If you have the acumen to come in and fill those knowledge gaps and help cannabis operations capitalize on their day-to-day challenges, you just might find yourself with a long list of clients.

The first thing however is to close your own knowledge gaps with industry-approved Cannabis Certification:

Green Flower Certifications