Training and education can help you get the job you are looking for and earn more. Many cannabis employers will provide on-the-job training if you have the right mindset and experience. The industry will be full of a diverse set of skilled employees that come from many professional and personal backgrounds. In fact, many of the skills you already have are transferrable. 

  • Experience as a barista/bartender/server? You could start as an entry-level bud tender.
  • Experience working in a nursery or on a farm? You could start as an entry-level trimmer/cultivator/harvester.
  • Experience working in manufacturing? You could start as an entry-level packager, production technician, production assistant
  • Experience as a med or lab tech? You could start in an entry-level position in processing/lab testing 
  • Experience as an operations manager in a restaurant, retail location, or warehouse? You could transfer into management in the cannabis industry. 
  • Experience with delivery? Many of these skills can be transferred to the logistics side of the cannabis industry.  

Professional and Specialized Skills Training with Coursera

Coursera is an online course provider that works with universities and organizations to offer courses, certifications, and degrees. Available for free to New Yorkers who are unemployed, Coursera provides the following courses that may help you pursue a career in the cannabis field:

  • Skill: Digital/computer literacy and Excel
    • Introduction to Computers and Office Productivity Software
    • Getting started with Google Workspace
    • Everyday Excel Community College 
  • Skill: Problem-solving/critical thinking
    • Effective Problem-Solving and Decision-Making
    • Mindware: Critical Thinking for the Information Age
  • Skill: Self-motivation
    • Essentials of Entrepreneurship: Thinking & Action
    • Finding Purpose and Meaning In Life: Living for What Matters Most
  • Skill: Attention to detail
    • Initiating and Planning Projects
    • Budgeting and Scheduling Projects
  • Skill: Time management
    • Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity
  • Skill: Leadership
    • Foundations of Everyday Leadership or Self Awareness and the Effective Leader


Specialized skills courses:

  • Skill: Sales Training
    • Sales Training for High Performing Teams (4 courses)
    • Sales Operations/Management (5 courses)
    • Sales Training: Building Your Sales Career
  • Skill: Customer Service Training
    • Customer Service Fundamentals
    • Technical Support Fundamentals
  • Skill: Entrepreneurship
    • Essentials of Entrepreneurship: Thinking & Action
    • Fundamentals of Operations
    • Marketing: Customer Needs and Wants
    • Budgeting and Scheduling Projects
    • Accounting: Principles of Financial Accounting
    • Developing An Entrepreneurial Mindset: First Step Towards Success
    • The Search for Great Ideas: Harnessing creativity to empower innovation.
    • Planning: Principled, Proposing, Proofing, and Practicing to a Success Plan

Education Programs

Colleges in New York State now offer cannabis-related majors, minors, or various courses. Explore the exciting opportunities available at the following colleges: