If you’re passionate about CBD and want to help make a positive impact in people’s lives, then perhaps you’ve considered job hunting in the CBD industry. If this describes you, but you weren’t/aren’t sure where to start, then this blog’s for you.
Just like any other job, landing a job in the CBD industry takes a particular set of skills and knowledge. It also takes an open-mind and an advocacy for cannabis and its medicinal benefits.
So let’s take a closer look at what jobs exist in the CBD industry and some top tips for landing one of them.
What Jobs Exist In the CBD Industry?
If you’re looking to land a job in the CBD industry, it’s important to know what’s out there. Luckily, the CBD industry is a very broad industry, making it easier than you’d think to find a job that plays a role in it.
The CBD industry also happens to be experiencing rapid growth. This creates a demand for certain jobs in the industry that not too many people may even know about.
Here are a few of the more common jobs you’ll find in the CBD industry.
You can’t have CBD if you don’t first grow the hemp. And this is a job field that’s currently in high demand.
Because hemp is still considered a new commodity, there aren’t many people who possess the skills and knowledge necessary to produce hemp that is extraction-worthy. And gray areas in the laws of growing hemp intimidate others away from the profession.
Luckily, there are plenty of resources available to help you understand these laws based on your location. And financial assistance is typically available to help with start-up costs.
If you’re worried about money, consider these numbers: A hemp farmer earns, on average, $250 per ace. Therefore, a 300-acre farm would make a net of around $75,000 annually.
CBD is no different than any other product out there: It needs marketing in order to grow its sales. This is where it helps to have experience in marketing, and the average CBD marketing professional starts out with a salary of $35,000 per year.
The biggest issue this job market faces is that CBD is presented with a plethora of advertising restrictions. This prevents them from marketing on platforms like Facebook and Google. As a result, it takes someone with a lot of skill to step into this role.
If you’re considering becoming a CBD marketing expert, make sure you read up on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulations.
You don’t have to be Walter White to learn how to extract CBD. I mean, you definitely have to be intelligent and willing to set some time aside for education, but you’ll have open access to tools and resources that help with the process.
The extraction of cannabidiol is a very delicate process. And, similar to Mr. White’s situation, if it’s not done correctly it can be quite dangerous. However, most CBD extraction technicians earn $75,000 or more per year. Mind you, this is typically accompanied by a Phd.
This is definitely more of a niche-type job within the niche industry that is CBD. However, it’s one of the more profitable and long-term jobs that exists in the CBD industry.
One of the best things about becoming a CBD lobbyist is that most of them start out as an internship, which provides more job opportunities than most other CBD fields. A CBD lobbyist’s job consists of making sure that politicians are up-to-date and informed about all-things cannabis.
Starting out, most CBD lobbyists make anywhere from $25,000 – $35,000 per year. This may not seem like a great job, but it’s one of the most crucial for the CBD industry.
One of the more popular jobs in the CBD industry is becoming a CBD retailer. And no, we don’t mean getting a job at your local 7-Eleven and pushing every CBD product on the shelf. We’re talking about starting your own business.
This job requires a bit of money up front, but there’s nothing better than working for yourself, right? CBD retailers have the fun and important job of educating consumers about the benefits of CBD and the different ways it can be used.
CBD retailers are the final stop in the supply chain for the CBD industry and are crucial in order to bring money back into the industry to use for growth.
Tips for Getting A Job In the CBD Industry
Now that you have an idea of what’s out there and what you may be interested in pursuing, it’s time to gather some tips for landing a job in the CBD industry. The following tips are general advice that work across the board for CBD jobs.
(Some tips apply to certain jobs more than others, but these are good general practices for any job in the market.)
Understand CBD Laws
Maybe the single-most important thing to know before entering the CBD job market is all of the CBD laws. This covers everything from laws surrounding the growth of hemp, all the way to CBD packaging laws.
These are crucial to keep up-to-date on because the laws for CBD are ever changing. They also vary by state, as each state in the U.S. is allowed to govern its own cannabis laws. For instance, did you know that Idaho and Nebraska don’t allow hemp-derived CBD for any use?
Knowing these CBD laws is also important for covering your butt when you’re on the job. You wouldn’t want to accidentally do something to jeopardize your job or company.
Study, Study, Study
If your ultimate goal is to help sell and promote CBD products, then you need to know what you’re talking about when speaking to others. This means you’ll have to hit the books (or internet) whenever you can.
The best thing you can study up on is cannabidiol itself. Knowing how it’s similar and how it differs from other cannabinoids is key in understanding the chemical compound. You also don’t want to get caught with the “deer in the headlights” look when someone asks you a question.
There is an abundance of information on CBD available online, and many scholarly sources are consistently publishing research findings that are available to the public.
Don’t Expect Every Job to Pay High
Although CBD and the cannabis industry has been seeing tremendous growth, CBD products are still working on gaining full acceptance from the general public. As a result, the CBD industry doesn’t receive much, if any, funding from the public.
This means there isn’t always an abundance of money to allocate toward employee wages. It’s important to understand this and go into job interviews with an open mind and a drive to climb the ladder in your company.
We’ve stated this before, but we’ll say it again: The CBD industry is a fast-growing industry. However, despite its positive signs of growth, the industry is still held back by a lack of public knowledge and permanent regulations from the FDA.
Therefore, it’s important to remain patient while job hunting in the CBD industry. More opportunities will present themselves, and it’s important to be ready for them when they do. Do yourself a favor and research areas where your desired job is popular. This goes a long way toward finding opportunities to get your foot in the door.
Ready for An Interview?
Now that you’ve read these tips and potentially have an idea of which route you want to take, are you ready for an interview?
Maybe not yet, but you’re at least ready to begin making progress toward researching jobs in the CBD industry. A good place to start is to take a close look at the label of a CBD product and look up anything that is unfamiliar to you. It’s okay if that happens to be most of the words printed on the label — Everyone’s gotta start somewhere.
Until that point, we wish you luck. If you have any questions regarding CBD, we’d be happy to answer them for you.
Thanks for reading, stay safe out there.