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Cannabis Extractor/Technician

With the cannabis industry on the rise, there continue to be more job opportunities popping up in the field, particularly entry-level positions.

If you’re hoping to explore the many facets of the cannabis industry and already have existing scientific skills, consider becoming a cannabis extraction technician. Often working in labs or medical marijuana dispensaries, cannabis extraction technicians transform and purify chemical compounds for use in marketable cannabis products.

What Is an Extraction Technician?

An extraction technician usually works in the cannabis industry. This position is also growing in demand wherever cannabis is legal.

An extraction technician manages the cannabis chemical compound process by working quickly to separate chemical compounds from cannabis flowers. During the chemical compound process, an extraction technician must use special lab equipment, high heat, sophisticated pressure, and various solvents to extract the cannabis chemical compound.

Job Responsibilities of a Cannabis Extraction Technician

Because a cannabis extraction technician works directly with flammable, dangerous substances, including butane, ethanol, and carbon dioxide, they must maintain a safe work environment.

Here are a cannabis extraction technician’s daily responsibilities:

  • Test, process, and refine chemical compounds
  • Collect and test samples from various cannabis plants
  • Record and analyze data
  • Clean and store lab equipment safely
  • Abide by standard operating procedures

How to Become a Cannabis Extraction Technician

Interested in becoming an extraction technician in the cannabis industry? Let’s review some of the standard guidelines.

Extraction technicians are a newer position in cannabis but are becoming more essential as the industry grows. Currently, the primary qualifications for extraction technicians are that you must be at least 21 years old and obtain a college degree. Most employers require bachelor’s degrees and some may encourage master’s degrees in a relevant field. Additionally, you will need to learn specific scientific skills, obtain required licenses, and pass a background check.