Jobs for 2021 Graduates in the Booming Cannabis Industry

Cannabis leaf and gummy cannabis edibles superimposed beside celebratory graduation ballon

Congratulations to the high school and college graduating class of 2021! Finally tossing that graduation cap – live or through a COVID-era virtual ceremony – is one of life’s greatest milestones and among the best reasons to celebrate. Now’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a heady glass purchase and a fun night out (or night in).

It takes three to six months for the average college grad to find a job after getting their degree. As the dust begins to settle around your freshly-framed diploma, you may find yourself starting to wonder where to go from here. According to recent research, an increasing number of Americans are choosing careers in the cannabis industry.

Consider these fast facts: seventeen American states (and Washington D.C.) have legalized the recreational use of cannabis for adults aged 21 or older. Thirty-six states have legalized medical marijuana so far. As of early 2021, there are 320,000 Americans working full-time in the cannabis industry positions – and by 2024, this figure is expected to exceed half a million full-time professionals.

With a projected increase of more than fifty percent in three short years, the cannabis industry is the fastest growing field in the United States today. Better yet, salaries for cannabis-related jobs are up across the board on average. If you’re thinking of cashing in on bud’s booming success with a job in the cannabis industry, these positions could be a great fit for you.


Trimming is one of the most popular positions for Coloradoans in the cannabis industry. Professional trimmers have a range of responsibilities, including the careful removal of buds from plants, trimming of leaves and drying of plants in preparation for retail sale. If you pride yourself in an eye for detail or a natural green thumb, a job in trimming could be an excellent option.


As our regular online smoke shop customers know, budtenders are the faces of dispensaries in states with legal cannabis. In addition to licensing (for which the exact requirements vary state-to-state), budtenders must be highly knowledgeable on cannabis itself and the available product inventory in their dispensary each day. The best budtenders are very friendly and excellent communicators. This means that a background in customer service or professional sales positions are both immensely valuable.

Edible Chef

Full-time edible chefs take “waking and baking” to the next level, spending their days perfecting recipes through delicious cannabis-infused foods and drinks. Edible chefs may carefully craft THC cookies and candies, CBD pet treats and hemp-infused soda products for local deliveries or orders through online stores. While some companies prefer applicants with a culinary-related degree, many employers consider years of experience in food handling and production to be equally valuable.

Product Packager

Americans looking to eat and drink their favorite forms of legal cannabinoids have never had more readily-accessible options from retailers in Colorado and throughout the United States. As such, anyone looking to earn a living increasing the amount of edibles on the market (or the quality of available options) may have more opportunities than ever to do so. Several vital behind-the-scenes professionals are behind every edible brand on the market. A devoted manufacturing team is crucial to every brand’s success. Job-seekers looking for an entry-level position to get a foot in the door to the cannabis industry should consider positions packaging edibles or other forms of cannabis for retail sale at local dispensaries. Some professionals may also find their calling in labelling and assembly line work, or segue into higher-level positions at production companies after they’ve gained a few years of expertise within the cannabis industry.

Smoke Shop Professional

Take it from 710 Pipes’ smoke shop team – smart rigs, heady glass hand pipes and essential vape hardware certainly don’t sell themselves. Our popular online smoke shop products fly off the shelves, and every sale requires several essential team players. If you’ve spent a good deal of time testing a range of bongs and water pipes, hard at work on off-the-clock research, those skills could come in handy at a pipe shop sales position.

Smoke shop jobs are perfect for knowledgeable, friendly individuals interested in glass and motivated to help smokers of all levels find their perfect piece. Depending on your intended role at a smoke shop, experience in customer service, cashiering and/or managerial roles are also very useful. If you’ve earned a strong reputation for your tech skills, online smoke shops may also appreciate your expertise with processing online orders and overseeing transactions at physical stores. Interested in joining our team? We’d love to hear from you! Stay tuned to 710 Pipes’ Instagram feed and follow our Facebook page for updates on job opportunities in our Denver and Northglenn smoke shop locations! For immediate information on whether we’re seeking new members, call our Northglenn, Colfax or Evans Avenue stores during the listed hours for each location or contact our smoke shop online anytime.

Our Smoke Shop Has Exceptional Heady Glass and More!

710 Pipes proudly offers thousands of the best smoke shop products on the market – including water pipes, hand pipes, and more top-quality devices. We also offer accessories for your existing pieces – from quartz inserts and carb caps for your heady glass to essential vape hardware. Our Northglenn and Denver head shops (on Colfax and Evans Avenue near D.U.) are all open seven days a week. D.U. students with a valid student I.D. get 10% off most in-store purchases!

Adults aged 21 and older in legal U.S. states can choose from hundreds of high-quality products in our online smoke shop available for immediate online orders straight to your door. Don’t just take our word for it – explore our online smoke shop today to find the perfect piece for you.