If you want to become a cannabis master extractor in California, this is how to do it.
Cannabis was legalized in the golden state in 1996. 24 years later and the industry is ablaze, if you may allow me to use that word. Just last year legal cannabis sales hit a staggering figure of $3 billion in California. Going by the look at things this year, it appears that this figure will be surpassed. The Green rush in California is creating lots of opportunities both for businesses and individuals alike. If you are looking to cash in on this opportunity, becoming a cannabis master extractor is one way to do this.
You would be forgiven for not knowing what a cannabis master extractor does, I personally admit that this is not one of the first jobs that I learnt about in the industry. If anything, there are not many people in the industry who understand what is entailed in this job. But that is where the real opportunity is. While everyone else is looking to become a marijuana writer or a budtender, few are considering a career as a master extractor. And in case you didn’t know, master extractors are among the best paid workers in the cannabis industry.
Who Is A Master Cannabis Extractor?
This profession is relatively new; as new as cannabis legalization in whatever state. A cannabis extractor is a person who is trained to separate the cannabinoid-rich trichomes from cannabis flowers. This oil is used to make different cannabis products. This job requires the use of sophisticated (and often flammable) equipment and technical expertise to boot.
Does a Cannabis Master Extractor Require a degree?
Going by the level of expertise that is required for this job, most employers would prefer a related degree in fields such as chemistry, phytobiology, physics, or chemical engineering. This is just to ensure that you have both the passion and science background to help you understand the extraction process.
If you do not have a degree in any of the above fields, you could still get a job as a master extractor. The industry is relatively new and there are not many “qualified” people to take up such roles.
Master extractors work with extraction technicians to extract cannabis concentrates from cannabis. Concentrates are highly potent forms of cannabis that are made by applying industrial solvents to the plant material to extract cannabinoids and terpenes. Some of the solvents that are used such as butane can be explosive when caution is not exercised. Master extractor need to know how to use this solvents as well as be familiar with operating the different extraction systems. For more information about cannabis extraction you can read our previous article by clicking here.
How Much Does A Master Extractor in California Get Paid?
This will vary based on a number of factors including the company, the years of experience and expertise level, plus the job description. However, master extractors should expect to be paid in the range of $120,000 – $200,000 per year. This may also come with additional benefits such as paid leave, health insurance, and a dental package. With such a pay scale, this qualifies to be one of the highest paying jobs in the industry.
What is the Job Description of a Master Extractor?
The job description of a master extractor will vary based on the employer. However, the following roles are common in most JDs:
- Preparation of equipment and plant materials for extraction
- Perform cannabis extraction in a complain environment using butane extraction or other kinds of extraction solvents
- Perform post-processing after extraction
- Create and maintain extraction operational policies and SOPs
- Have a technical understanding and be able to operate extraction equipment
- Understand a wide variety of cannabis concentrates
- Have leadership and management skill to oversee an extraction team
- Ensure product quality through quality control testing and procedures
- Cleaning and maintenance of extraction equipment
- Oversee day-to-day operations in the extraction facility from storage of the raw cannabis all the way to fulfillment of orders
- Overseeing the storage of supplies as well as disposal of waste according to SOPs
- Oversee the packaging and labeling of finished products
- Collaborate with the testing laboratory as defined by state guidelines
- Work as part of a team to meet production schedules.
- Perform and supervise data recording
- Participate in creating a desirable workplace culture
- Be able to identify and report unsafe equipment and practices to prevent workplace accidents
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Skills and Education Requirements:
- Prior experience working with extraction solvents such as CO2, light hydrocarbon and/or BHO extraction
- Chemical engineering degree or equivalent is preferred
- Experience in the volatile extraction field
- Book keeping and inventory tracking knowledge
- Expertise in proper and safe handling of hazardous materials
- Must be 21+ years old
- Background check required
Benefits Attached to Master Extractor Job
This is a full-time job and is likely to come with the following benefits:
- Medical cover
- Dental cover
- Paid annual leave
- Paid holidays
The field of cannabis extraction is fast evolving and now some companies have switched to solvent less extraction. If you are looking for a job as a master extractor you should also get acquainted with solvent less extraction techniques.
Where to Find Master Extractor Jobs in California
You can find a job as a master extractor from any of the following sites:
- Simple Hired
- Zip Recruiter
How To Get A Job As A Master Extractor in California
If you think that you are qualified for this job then go right ahead and check on the above websites for any open opportunities. At the time of writing these, there were about 10 master vacancies on Indeed.com and another 14 vacancies on Simply Hired. Send in your updated resume and cover letter and wait for a response. If there are no open vacancies you could still cold-pitch to cannabis companies that hire master extractors in your locality. One extra tip that could put you ahead of the pack is this: networking.
The cannabis industry largely relies on networking. To build your network and increase your chances of getting hired, start by attending cannabis events and interact with people in the industry. You can also create networks through sites such as LinkedIn.
This is how to become a master cannabis extractor in California.
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