Top Cannabis Jobs That Don't Require Industry Knowledge

The cannabis industry is rapidly expanding and the best part is you often don't need any previous cannabis knowledge to land a job. Check out our list of the best options.

There are plenty of misconceptions and myths surrounding legal cannabis careers in the United States and around the world. The truth is, the industry is growing fast and cannabis-related jobs offer competitive wages along with similar benefits for the same roles in other sectors. The best part is you usually won’t even need prior cannabis industry knowledge to apply. 

If you live in a State where cannabis is legal, there are plenty of in-person job options for those without experience like trimming and delivery driving. On the other hand, cannabis companies are early adopters in remote work and are looking to fill roles with people who come from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience. Read on to see a list of the 7 most popular cannabis jobs that don’t require any prior industry experience. 

1. Marketing Manager

Marketing jobs are undoubtedly some of the highest paying in the broader cannabis industry. Once you reach the upper-management level, you may even be able to make upwards of $150,000 a year. There’s more competition in the legal market than ever before. It’s no surprise the marketing campaigns coming from cannabis companies get better each and every year. 

You’ll definitely need prior experience in marketing within roles like sales manager, social media manager, field rep, and plenty more.  A cannabis marketing position will typically have the same requirements as openings in other industries. Typically don’t need any history within the cannabis industry to land a role at one of the legal companies. But, some knowledge of the industry won’t hurt. 

Average Salary Range (H4): $85,000-$300,000 a year 

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2.Human Resources

A good HR professional acts as the glue that holds a company and its employees together. With a wide variety of rules and regulations that guide the industry, cannabis HR workers are always in demand. A human resources professional is typically described as a  go-between of management and the employees of the company. Within this role, you need to be able to handle hiring, interviewing, recruiting, employee compliance, and more. 

You may need to study up on some of the regulations in the State you plan to work in, but past industry experience isn’t typically a requirement. Some entry-level positions in HR include human resources assistant, HR coordinator, recruiter, and HR associate. You can then work up to an HR manager position where you will be able to earn considerably more money. 

Average Salary Range: $30,000-$70,000 a year

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3. Delivery Driver

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Nowadays, you can get just about any food or product delivered directly to your doorstep. Cannabis is no different (As long as you live in a jurisdiction where weed delivery is legal). As long as you have a clean driving record and decent communication skills, it shouldn’t be too hard to land a delivery position. You can find employment with large delivery logistics companies like Eaze, or you can opt to work independently as a driver at one single dispensary. 

This is the perfect entry-level cannabis job for those that need flexible hours and don’t already have industry experience. It will also give you an opportunity to network with the different dispensaries and brands you deliver for as well as learn more about their products. 

Average Salary Range: $15-$20 an hour

4.Cannabis Extraction or Trimming

Working in cultivation or as a trimmer are great entry-level jobs that provide some exposure to all that the cannabis industry has to offer. Pay typically isn’t great and the day-to-day work is repetitive. The upside is that landing a position doesn’t require any specific industry knowledge or experience. As long as you get on with a friendly team and are willing to learn, veterans and master growers can help show you the ropes and advance your cultivation career. 

This is a career that offers a direct plant-touching way into the industry. You can move on from this role to other careers like budtending or moving up the grower ladder. These jobs are often posted on local job boards, but you’ll only find them if you live in an area where cannabis is legal. 

Average Salary Range: $12-$20 an hour 

5. Software Development & Design

Every modern-day cannabis company needs a website and/or app to succeed in this hyper-connected world. Your online presence should reflect your overall brand or storefront. That’s where Web developers and designers come in. This particular role requires very little cannabis knowledge or experience for you to be successful. You may not even need a degree to get hired as long as you have some relevant experience and know-how to code. 

This is a great career for self-starters. Professional training will help get your foot in the door, but everything you need to know you can learn online with some patience and effort. Now you just need to build up enough of a portfolio to get hired. 

Average Salary Range: $55,000-$120,000 a year

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6. Dispensary CFO

a man holding a bag with a weed leaf on it from a dispensary

Smart finance and CFO professionals are in high demand within the highly regulated cannabis industry. Companies need to navigate complicated tax codes and bookkeeping numbers in order to keep the business afloat. This is the perfect career for someone with finance experience and maybe not past cannabis experience. There may be some learning curve, but it’s definitely doable. 

Average Salary Range: $150,000-$300,000+

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8. Customer Support

Customer support is needed at a range of cannabis companies and this is especially true for delivery services. You’ll often only make minimum wage to slightly over, but you don’t need any experience to land a role. If you’re smart about it and work for a quality company, you may even be able to move up the ladder. In some cases, you may be able to work a customer support position from a remote location. 

Average Salary Range: $12-$20 an hour

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Looking for a new job to kickstart your career change or move up in the ranks? The cannabis industry is a great place to look. State legalization and impending federal decriminalization mean the entire sector is poised for growth. The best part is some of the most desirable positions don’t require any previous cannabis knowledge or industry experience! You may even be able to find remote work that can be completed from non-legal States or Countries. 

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