Women & The Cannabis Job Market

The Cannabis World Continues to Grow!

The Cannabis Plant continues to grow into an unstoppable global enterprise! Businesses are growing and developing new ideas, and start-ups are sprouting up over the world.  According to Marijuana Business Daily, 2017 industry analysis American sales were estimated to be in the billions with only cigarettes and beer surpassing the cannabis profits.  In 2017, globally the industry was estimated in the billions, and both the US and international markets are expected to grow by sixty percent.

As the cannabis world continues to grow, it opens opportunities for women to enter another non-traditional female work environment. The job growth increased by forty-seven percent in 2017 and is expected to increase as more states legalize some form of the cannabis plant.  The job market will expand even more if the federal government legalizes medical marijuana on a national level.

Careers for Women

Although men dominate the marijuana industry, this gives women an opportunity to enter at many career levels because of the quick growth of the industry. The landscape for women to create a career path with potential for income mobility is enormous. Currently, there are women making strides in the industry that include entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, advocacy and creative business owners.

Where to look for a cannabis career?

There are a growing number of websites to review for the ever-growing list of jobs in the cannabis industry. Listed below are some sites that I have visited:

If you are a user of social media, consider the following businesses and staffing sites.  Jobs are sometimes Tweeted, Facebooked, pinned on Pinterest or placed on LinkedIn, and it’s a great way to network for a career. These sites include a variety of jobs that require specific education with experience as well as posts that accept transferrable skill, training, education, and experience. Since the industry is growing so fast, businesses will also consider applicants to train and there are many traditional job categories available.

What type of jobs are in the cannabis industry?

Cannabis specific:

Budtender – many dispensaries will offer on-the-job training

Dispensary Manager – most applicants, have some retail experience

Director of Extraction – mostly likely require a Ph.D. level of education in chemistry

Packer of Marijuana Products – many businesses will offer on-the-job training

Brand Ambassadors – most companies will provide on-the-job training

Traditional careers:

IT Managers

Software Developers

Human Resource Managers

Production Managers

Logistics Managers



Security Guards


I would also recommend reviewing the industries’ ever-growing list of resources found on the Internet.  These resources include web-based magazines, associations, and state-specific information sites on the industry.  Listed below are the websites that I have reviewed:


The next election cycle could create even more opportunities for women.

The 2020 Presidential race could change the landscape in the cannabis business in the Nation and globally with states considering legalizing recreational marijuana or medical marijuana.

The states that could have ballots to take advantage of high voter turnout are Arizona, Florida, Ohio, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  However, the list could grow as more Governors and State politicians become more aware of the business model.

Although some parts of society, friends, and family members may think the marijuana drug industry is not a respectful field or have a strong dislike of the idea.  There are still job opportunities to discover within the Cannabis market. It is the fastest growing industry in the country with a large window for career growth.


Dr. Jacqueline B. Lang
Dr. Jacqueline B. Lang
Dr. Jacqueline Lang MBA, MPA, MSED has 25+ years of leadership experience in various industries within Fortune 50, 500, 1000, and private organizations across the U.S. Along with exp. as a BUSN Professor, U.S. Congressional Campaign Manager, and proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserves. She is also a Partner & Board Member, Kiowa Cannabis and President/Founder,, a non-profit to empower women. An International Syndicated Columnist and Researcher of Women's Issues in multiple books and magazines as well as an Author, Amazon - COVID-19 A Mother's Journal along with other books. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two children.

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