Jamaica’s employment rate has had a slight increase over the past few years, spurred by the booming business process outsourcing sector. But another growing sector has quietly been creating new career opportunities – and you don’t have to come in contact with the plant to work in the medical ganja industry.
“As the industry matures, there will be more reliance on quality and standards, and there will be ancillary opportunities for accountants, marketers, physicians, IT specialists, and lawyers,” said Scheril Murray Powell, an attorney and cannabis entrepreneur.
The in-demand plant-touching roles include processing manager, master grower, cultivators, and bud tenders. Given the technical nature around today’s marijuana cultivation and processing, prospective employees with a science background have an edge in securing employment.
“Companies are looking for growers with an applied science background,” said Dr Machel Emanuel, horticulturalist and principal investigator at the Life Science Cannabis Research Group at the University of the West Indies, Mona.