‘Budtenders,’ edibles chefs among fastest-growing jobs in multi-billion dollar legal cannabis industry

Help wanted: budtenders, cannabis chefs, flavor scientists, extraction technicians.

Those are just a few of the new job categories opening up in the budding legal cannabis industry in Ohio and more than two dozen other states where the drug is legal for medical or recreational use or both.

A quick scan of online help-wanted ads in Ohio shows cannabis companies are seeking a slew of new employees with all skill types, ranging from office managers to accountants to CEOs.

But many of the positions posted on job sites such as Indeed.com and Vangsters.com – billed as the cannabis industry’s largest hiring platform – require cannabis-specific skill sets.

Those jobs include “budtenders,” the industry term for salespeople who, like bartenders, greet customers from across the counter at retail dispensaries.

In Ohio, 56 licensed dispensaries will hire budtenders to help medical cannabis patients select the best strains to treat each of 21 conditions that qualify for cannabis therapy in the state.

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