As marijuana is legalized more across the nation, states need to get ready for a brand new industry coming to their area. A new industry means new jobs, and who can be mad at that? Since it is new, that means that there will be more jobs for the unskilled workforce. A job that marijuana businesses offer is called a “bud trimmer” and some folks are making a pretty good living at it.
Bud trimmers do what the name implies. They are charged with the tedious, strenuous task of pruning the leaves off of weed buds. For this meticulous task,they are paid well though. Bud trimmers work for legal marijuana businesses and those on the black market. According to High Times:
Bud trimmers are one of the most highly sought after laborers in both the legitimate and black market cannabis trade. In fact, it is common to see people from all over the world migrate to places like Humboldt County, California to cast a bid on the seasonal bud trimming jobs that become available during the fall harvest season. Some reports suggest that freelance bud trimmers in these areas can earn anywhere from $300 to $500 per day, which varies depending on the efficiency of the worker. These positions are paid at a higher rate, however, because many of the grow operations are illegal and the job comes with the risk of some occupational hazards.
On the legal end of things, bud trimmers can look to make a starting hourly wage of $12 to $15. Furthermore, as bud trimmers gain more hand on experience in the industry, they can be promoted to the position of gardener or concentrate developer which can earn them a salary of $50,000 to $90,000 per year.
If you were thinking of a career change, and can afford to move where there is a burgeoning marijuana industry, you can maybe consider starting over as a bud trimmer.
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