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  • POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2018
If you’re looking for a career in the Canadian cannabis sector, you’re in luck. Canada’s cannabis job landscape has been buzzing for the past two years, thanks to licensed producers and provincial governments looking to fill positions in agriculture, quality assurance, biotech, sales and marketing, and many others.

Careers website Indeed.com revealed data that new help-wanted ads in the Canadian cannabis sector increased three-fold in July 2018, compared to only a year ago, and, according to media reports, they now make up 25 out of every 10,000 new jobs on the website.1

Additionally, the data found cannabis-related searches were more than four times higher in July 2018 compared to the year before. The numbers revealed that cannabis-related searches drastically increased to 26 out of every 10,000 searches, up from six.

Jobs in cannabis have boomed so quickly that an entire jobs-listing website is dedicated to the space. CannabisAtWork.com is an Edmonton-based staffing agency focused on the burgeoning industry, and a quick search on the available jobs posted daily reveals a cross-Canada outlook on where you can find work in cannabis.

To cherry-pick a few listings, a “master grower” is needed on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, while a sales director position is open for a Calgary-based licensed producer. Retail managers and salespeople are commonly listed on the site, due to some provinces opening up the cannabis-sales landscape to private retailers. Government-run stores are also looking for a variety of personnel.

Visiting a licensed producer’s website can also be a savvy, albeit time-consuming, way to find careers in cannabis. For example, Broken Coast Cannabis lists positions available in growing and regulatory affairs, while Emblem Cannabis is looking for a senior product manager in Toronto and a graphic designer in Brant, Ontario.

One of the largest LPs, Canopy Growth, offers more than 60 positions across its many facilities, such as a brand manager in Toronto, a compliance officer in Delta, B.C., a junior lab technologist in Ottawa and many more.


 
Most urgently, as Forbes notes2, the Canadian cannabis market is hungry to fill positions for cultivation managers, quality assurance experts, cultivation assistants and processing assistants, as Forbes notes. These types of positions are front-loaded with impressive salaries, coming in between $100,000 and $134,000 per year.
 
Accounting firm Deloitte noted that around 150,000 new jobs in Canada would be generated due to legalization of recreational cannabis, CBC News writes3. But what’s essential for any prospective cannabis employee is to research the industry thoroughly, especially in the field in which they want to specialize. Marketing cannabis, for example, will be a wholly new experience for even those who have spent decades in traditional marketing positions, due to cannabis legalization opening the door to an entirely new branding world for Canadian consumers.

For those who need an educational buoy to help them gain the necessary knowledge to compete in the crowded cannabis market, academia has finally realized the potential benefits of cannabis programs.
 
For example, business students at Okanagan College in Kelowna, B.C. can be educated about legal cannabis in an elective course called, “The Emerging Marijuana Industry.” In the fall, Ryerson University’s Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, in collaboration with the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM), is launching a new introductory course, “The Business of Cannabis.” 

In the private-college arena, Toronto’s Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences offers a 16-week Medical Marijuana – Management, Quality and Laboratory program, which will enable students to learn about regulations, growing, and laboratory and sanitation techniques.

References:
1. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/08/14/cannabis-jobs-canada-indeed_a_23502123/
2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeadams/2018/06/11/marijuana-cultivation-is-where-cannabis-workers-can-earn-the-largest-salaries/#673b728f40c6
3. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/cannabis-jobs-hiring-spree-edmonton-alberta-1.4726624
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