This week popular cannabis industry job board WeedHire.com released it’s Q4 2014 Jobs Report indicating the legalization of marijuana is creating new jobs and inspiring new economic activity. According to the report approximately 10,000 jobs in marijuana already exist in Colorado, and tousands more will be coming in the follow-on states of Washington, Oregon, & Alaska.
While unemployment has dropped dramatically in cities with legal cannabis (according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the city of Denver’s unemployment rate was 4.2% through November 2014, down from 6.5% a year ago ), there remain real challenges to the sustainability of this growth.and these statistics demonstrate the industry is still very early in development. The lack of banking support as well as the delays in issuance of licenses and approvals at the state level is likely to also play a role in how fast these organizations can grow.
It is important to note however that industry analysts believe that approximately 10,000 jobs in marijuana already exist in Colorado. Thousands more will be coming in the follow-on states of Washington, Oregon, & Alaska.
MJ News Network had the opportunity to talk to WeedHire CEO David Bernstein about his Q4 Jobs Report, and his predictions for 2015.
Q: How does the cannabis industry jobs report compare to the nation at large?
A: The report extracts data from the website that users post nationwide, and globally. Due to the vertical nature of the site, it’s about as definitive as you can get about the industry job trends
Q: What jobs within the cannabis industry are growing fastest?
A: 1) Dispensary Jobs, with 90% Growth , 2) Medical Jobs – with 70% Growth, 3) Administrative Jobs – with 65% Growth, 4) Sales Jobs – with 56% growth.
Q: What jobs will be in the highest demand for 2015?
Top 6 Jobs Functions Most in Demand 1) Administrative , 2 ) Sales , 3) Dispensaries , 4) Medical 5) Marketing, and 6) Manufacturing/Grow/Edibles/Testing
“WeedHire is fortunate to have a unique seat at the table as legal marijuana evolves,” Bernstein told MJNN. “From our view, we can understand the needs/issues that business owners are working to address from a staffing perspective. This also provides clarity as to the stages of development for the overall industry and each respective state as well. For Job seekers we can see the interest levels and the rate of commitment to enter legal marijuana as a legitimate industry. Weedhire will continue to share this information on an ongoing basis with the general public.”