New Report Says Cannabis Industry Job Postings Up 445% In 2017
A new report released by ZipRecruiter revealed that the total number of cannabis industry job postings saw a significant increase of 445% in 2017, while 2016 only saw an increase of 18%. The data also says that the cannabis industry is growing even faster than some of the fastest-growing jobs today; cannabis is currently surpassing the tech (254% growth) and healthcare (70% growth) industries.
“Our Q4 data for 2017 revealed an especially dramatic leap in the number of new cannabis industry job posts. The number of cannabis industry job posts increased 693% year over year and 79% quarter over quarter. This impressive growth can probably be attributed to SMBs preparing for the kick-off of retail cannabis sales in Q1 of 2018 in huge markets like California,” says ZipRecruiter.
When it comes to the geographical locations of cannabis opportunities, there’s no surprise that most of them come from states that have legalized cannabis. ZipRecruiter’s report says that the top 5 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) that have the most job posts for 2017 are focused on California, Washington, and Colorado. Other MSA’s that have the most cannabis-industry job openings include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, Miami, Portland, Las Vegas, San Jose, Santa Barbara, and Tallahassee.
The Legal Cannabis Industry Employs More People Than Dental Hygeinists
ZipRecruiter’s report echoes the data from last year’s MJ Biz Daily’s Marijuana Business Factbook, which revealed that the legal cannabis industry employs more people than dental hygienists.
MJ Biz Daily’s report was released on June 2017. It showed that there are already somewhere between 165,000-235,000 people working in cannabis, while the number of dental hygienists in the country is pegged to be at around 204,000. This means only one thing: cannabis jobs are exploding throughout America. Additionally, MJ Biz Daily’s report looked at employee estimates from the entire spectrum of cannabusinesses: individuals working at dispensaries, wholesale grows, concentrates and infusion companies, testing laboratories, and much more. The report also states that people employed in ancillary companies “that glean a sizeable portion of their revenue from the marijuana industry” were also included in the data, which means that people who touch soil and sell it to cannabis growers are also likely taken into consideration.
Legal Cannabis May Create 1 Million Jobs
A recent report by New Frontier Data says that if cannabis is fully legalized across all 50 states, this would generate at least $ 13.8 billion in federal tax income between 2017 to 2025. This is assuming a 15% retail sales tax, business tax revenue, and payroll tax deductions. The report says that complete legalization could also create an additional 782,000 jobs throughout the country, which can increase dramatically to 1.1 million come 2025. Cannabis jobs would employ people in all stages of the supply chain, including sellers, farmers, and transporters.
How Women And Minorities Can Best Find Opportunities
Last month, cannabis industry leaders met at the District of Columbia to encourage women and minorities learn about the effects of technology while urging them to network with others. The forum became a question and answer session so that guests could be more prepared in terms of finding jobs in the cannabis industry.
According to Giadha DeCarcer, CEO of New Frontier Data, individuals who are interested in getting into the cannabis industry should familiarize themselves with others who are already in, through networking, and educate themselves about laws and regulations.
“I know this is so cliché, but knowledge is power. It doesn’t matter what color you are, doesn’t mater how old you are, doesn’t matter what gender you are, you can acquire knowledge,” she says, in a Washington Post article. “In this industry knowledge goes a long way.”
Chanda Macias, who owns the National Holistic Healing Center in DC, says that entrepreneurs still need to take some risks especially considering that cannabis is still illegal at the federal level. “As a black woman, no one was buying in my dream besides myself, so I had to put my dream forward,” she says. “For people who want to get started, you will have to make the initial sacrifice and build off your own pocket before you can get to an angel investor.”
The forum’s panelists also encouraged attendees to use existing job skills and apply them in cannabis job roles. For example, experience in customer service, retail, agriculture, or data can land you jobs in the cannabis industry.