This Site Aims to Connect People With Jobs in the Fast-Growing Pot Industry

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An employee trims away unneeded leaves from pot plants, harvesting the plant's buds to be packaged and sold at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver. AP Photo/Brennan Linsley
An employee trims away unneeded leaves from pot plants, harvesting the plant's buds to be packaged and sold at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver. AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

Like it or not, the marijuana industry is growing (pun intended) rapidly.

In fact, it’s one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. right now.

Medical marijuana has been legalized in 29 states and Washington D.C., and recreational marijuana is now legal in eight. In 2016, cannabis sales topped out at $6.7 billion in the U.S. and Canada.

And the jobs? The jobs are practically creating themselves.

Right now, an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 people are employed by legal marijuana businesses.

It’s projected that by the year 2020, the cannabis industry will create over a quarter of a million new jobs — all while manufacturing, utilities and government jobs decline.

But with so many new job opportunities pouring onto the scene, it may be frustrating for hopeful job seekers to weed through the mire and break into the industry.

And that’s exactly why Karson Humiston, a 24-year-old entrepreneur from Denver, Colorado, (saw that one coming, didn’t you?), created Vangsters.

Vangsters Helps You Find a Job in the Marijuana Industry

The new digital job platform, which functions much the same as sites like Indeed and Glassdoor, is geared specifically to jobs in the cannabis industry. Job seekers can fill out a profile to use the site’s features for free and can search through the more than 100 open positions currently on the site. Cannabis companies can pay $70 per month to have their jobs listed on the site.

While there are some opportunities for upper-level, salaried positions in dispensaries and production facilities, the bulk of these new jobs will be hourly positions for the average Mary Jane — jobs like plant harvesters, trimmers and salespeople.

“The bulk of the industry, about 75% of the open jobs, are for people in dispensaries, cultivators, brand ambassadors, and other intermediate and entry-level-positions,” Humiston, the brains behind the platform, says. “Companies don’t necessarily need a recruiter to fill these jobs, but they do need a place to showcase them.”

Humiston has been helping cannabis companies fill roles for the past two years. In that time, her recruiting team has paired 3,000 people with weed-related jobs. They hope to grow that number to 10,000 by the year 2020.

Jobs in the pot business range in pay from $10 to $15 an hour for an entry-level salesperson to as much as $130,000 per year for a “director of cultivation,” according to Time.com.

Plus, because these cannabis companies are still in the startup phase, there’s plenty of room for growth — and even equity — for those who get into the business now.

To put it bluntly, a job in the cannabis industry might not be a bad thing to look into.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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