Canadian Cannabis Job Market: Plenty Of Job Openings

Canada’s cannabis marketplace is heating up as companies jostle for opportunities amidst growing demand for cannabis products. The opening up the cannabis landscape with CBD edibles and tropical is poised to take the marketplace to new heights. While the focus for the longest time has been on CBD sales made by companies in the sector, it appears demand for human resources in the industry is also on the rise.

Canadian Cannabis Jobs

Record-breaking sales numbers by both big and small players underscore a sector growing in all angles. In keeping up with the momentum, companies have had to expand and diversify their operations leading to a spike in demand for human resources.

Some companies are hiring more than a dozen people a week as others resort to importing workers in a bid to meet growing needs in the industry. The job boom in the cannabis sector is not expected to slow down anytime soon, even on quadrupling over the past year with the legalization of recreational use at the federal level More than 10,000 people are currently working in the burgeoning industry up from 2,600 as of mid-last year.

Popular Cannabis Jobs

A good chunk of the jobs touch on cultivation, harvesting and processing of cannabis as well as administration duties. As companies move with speed to accrue a substantial amount of market share, marketing, and sales jobs have significantly increased.

Some of the positions in high demand in Canada’s cannabis landscape include budtenders, growers, as well as retail store managers.  With legal cannabis spending set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 44.4%, a spike in job openings should be the order of the day as companies move to fine-tune their operations to meet market needs.

Types of Cannabis Job Openings

Below is a sample of the type of jobs available in the Cannabis industry as of the posting of this article. Notice that the types of jobs available vary between a range of professions and types of companies. Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis, for example, is a major job producer in the industry.

CompanyLocationsPositions Available
TilrayToronto, Ontario – Internal Communications Intern
– Grower
– Mergers & Acquisitions Manager
– Finance Operations Manager
– Global Brand Director
Hobo Recreational CannabisKelowna BC, Ottawa ON– Sales Associate
– Fulfillment Associate
– General Manager
Aurora CannabisBrampton ON, Vancouver BC– Vice President Production
– Office Manager
– Registration Agent
– tax analyst
CannTrustCalgary AB– Packaging Operator
– Data Scientists
– Key Accounts Manager
– Quality Assurance
– Compliance Manager
Canopy GrowthOttawa ON– Team Lead
– Professional Engineer
– Trimmer
– Payroll Specialists
– HR

Cannabis Job Growth

Just like Canada, the U.S also continues to register a growth in job openings in the cannabis sector. An influx of Canadian companies looking for opportunities in the U.S market has had a significant impact on job openings. Cannabis jobs in the U.S market rose to 64,000 in 2018, bringing to 211,000 the total number of jobs tied to the cannabis plant.

Learning institutions in the two countries are also increasingly offering programs geared towards the burgeoning industry. Cannabis Applied Science is one of the graduate certificate programs currently on offer in Canada.

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