Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Interesting headline from Chemistry World

Chemists in demand as cannabis industry experiences explosive growth 
The US’s rapidly growing cannabis industry – medical and recreational – desperately needs chemists. That was the conclusion of a session at the American Chemical Society’s spring conference in Denver, Colorado, on 23 March. ‘We need chemists to tell us what we have,’ said Chloe Villano, founder of the Colorado-based cannabis business consulting company Clover Leaf. 
She said a better understanding of the science behind cannabis is essential to providing safer and better products, which include oils, extracts and edibles. Chemists can help by, among other things, analysing samples to examine microbiologicals and providing residual solvent testing to ensure cannabis concentrates are free of impurities, Villano suggested...
It would be great if there was some sort of data about the increase in chemistry jobs in the cannabis field - somehow I doubt we're going to see that any time soon. That said, if this is your thing, now might be the time...

(You know what would be the best measurement? Used analytical equipment sales in Colorado and Washington, I'll bet. Also, I wonder if the big instrumental companies have decided if they're going to sell to these labs...?)

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  1. The perfect hire for such an industry: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/apr/03/tommy-chong-carlsbad-budgenius/

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  2. What I find interesting is that six months ago you agreed that "this is a growing field" (http://chemjobber.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/is-acs-ready-for-cannabis-chemistry.html), while in this post you doubt that there will be an increase in chemistry jobs in the cannabis field. The only way for this not to be a contradiction would be if you meant it quite literally, in which case, yes, regardless of the job market, cannabis fields are indeed growing.

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    1. It's not a contradiction. I said that I thought it would be a growing field (here's another place: http://chemjobber.blogspot.com/2014/12/daily-pump-trap-12214-edition.html) and I still think so.

      But what I said above was that I would like some data, and I doubt that any would be forthcoming. Make sense?

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    2. Ah right, sorry, interpreted your comment differently...

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  3. analytical companies are already in this market. a friend works on the west coast for a large analytical company that supplies SPE equipment for isolation of certain oils. it would be my guess that they are hoping these groups eventually turn to some sort of gc/ms or hplc/ms based analysis of their product for qc and qa purposes.

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  4. Craigslist on the west coast is also advertising positions for a natural product chemist, working out of Sacramento for a cannabis company.

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  5. I thought about a job in the business being from CO, but I realized it might be awhile before I could get a job outside cannabis if I did.

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    1. Do you have a B.S. or do you have a higher degree? Is it dangerous to say that once you enter the cannabis industry that you'll be unable to switch to different industries? I'm a college student majoring in Chemical Biology who's interested in entering the cannabis industry, but I do not know how high the market value will reach.

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    2. No one knows what the long-term results of younger chemists entering the cannabis industry will be, and how they will be viewed by the the larger chemical industry. If you're looking for a crystal ball or soothsayers, you should go somewhere else.

      If you are willing to take the risk, you may reap some very lucrative rewards. You also run the risk of not being able to transition to a more traditional field. We just don't know.

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    3. I suspect if the company has a generic, corporate-sounding name, you might be able to hide it on your resume- something like "QC Chemist at KT Technologies, analysis of natural products by HPLC and GC-MS." People do this all the time in unsavory industries, like if you're an accountant at an adult website company and are applying to an accountant job somewhere else.

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