Looking for a career in the cannabis industry? Well, you can now expand your career opportunities by taking a major in Marijuana Chemistry. The new program, launched by the Northern Michigan University from this fall, is the first of its kind and aims to prepare students for a bright future in the medical marijuana industry.
The courses by the NMU will provide the foundations in medicinal plant chemistry and will fill a major education gap by ensuring graduates are well trained to get a job in this field.
The first group of students has started classes from the beginning of this semester, but Dr. Mark Paulsen, head of NMU’s chemistry department, expects their number to double or triple by next fall.
The demand for qualified cannabis professionals by marijuana businesses has been growing in the United States as the industry continues to expand and more states allow the use of medical cannabis for treatment.
Sales of marijuana products in North America are expected to reach over $20.2 billion by 2021, creating more than 250,000 job opportunities.
The University is already in contact with several marijuana businesses and entrepreneurs who are eager to hire well-trained lab employees.