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Blockchain Career Opportunities Are Booming

Blockchain Career Opportunities Are Booming

The blockchain and cryptocurrency industry has seen a steep rise in expansion over the last few years, grabbing the attention of various users across the globe. With many companies investing billions in blockchain technology, career opportunities have been increasing by leaps and bounds.

According to a report by Tech Jury, the blockchain market is expected to surge to USD 20 billion by 2024. Several companies and banks are leveraging blockchain for the potential it holds to revolutionize business and real-world applications.

It is estimated that in ten years, about 80% of the population will be engaged with blockchain in some form. In fact, as reported by BitcoinNews.com earlier, engineers left their highly paid “dream jobs” to pursue a career in the blockchain industry thanks to its decentralized ideology. 

The popularity of cryptocurrencies has gained ground among enthusiasts, venture capitalists and major corporations. Amid the curiosity surrounding the crypto space, the underlying technology of crypto has led to a boom in the financial market. It has been estimated that investment banks and companies can save an estimated USD 12 billion by using blockchain tech to cut down on the radical costs for data transfer and storage.

Insight on career opportunities

In August 2018, according to a Glass Door economic research report, blockchain career listings saw a whopping 300% increase over a span of one year with 1,775 job openings in the United States alone. The median blockchain-based job salary was found to be about USD 85,000, about 61.8% more than the average US median salary, with New York being the top US metro for job openings. LinkedIn produces over 3,000 job results in the US alone for blockchain-related work ads.

Graph indicating the involvement of people in the crypto and blockchain industry
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Blockchain-based careers have become a lucrative option for tech-savvy personnel. The most popular line of blockchain job, according to Glass Door research, was found to be Software Engineer and about 45% of blockchain-related jobs are for software engineers. Needless to say, apt coding skills are an essential qualification for this job. These engineers develop the software apps, infrastructure for Bitcoin and Ethereum use, which serves as the basic premise for the working of blockchain technology.

Next, are the blockchain web designers, who perform marketing activities and build the interface and design blockchain websites. They have to ensure that information about the digital currency industry is correctly and minimalistically presented. Next in demand is the role for Operations which requires a skill-set of operation management and IT. There has also been an increase in demand for the financial personnel considering the fact that the industries are deeply-rooted with finance.

Perhaps an important aspect in which blockchain-based jobs facilitate employment is through the recruitment of non-technology jobs. The increase in technology-related jobs and the general expansion of a blockchain company gives rise to the need of non-tech jobs such as risk manager, marketing manager, public relations officer, product manager, among others.

Oracle, one of the largest technological companies globally, has been expanding its blockchain team, while Chinese industrial and commercial banks have recorded sales of USD 165 billion. This expansion gives rise to the need for real-world experts who keep a check on the security and accountability of the transactions that take place. Even last year, according to a LinkedIn report, blockchain developers took the topmost position in terms of hot demands. Blockchain, therefore, has the potential to serve as a career opportunity for talented candidates, along with them receiving handsome salaries. 

Companies like Circle, Fourkites, and Pixelplex are making long-term investments in blockchain by hiring candidates and many other companies are encouraging skilled personnel by providing them job opportunities to excel in blockchain career. For example, ITExpertsIndya has created its one-size-fits-all job application wherein anyone who is interested can fill up a their name, phone number and other details and submit their resume in a click. They are looking for highly-motivated, organized individuals who give attention to detail and who are results-oriented. It is required for the job applicant to have knowledge of requirement analysis, functional design, software design, database design and testing.

The consultancy companies putting out the most job postings for crypto and blockchain roles are Deloitte, IBM and KPMG. It is highly anticipated that Facebook is going to join this list with the ongoing related hiring spree of the company.

Facebook’s crypto team expansion

It is no secret that Facebook is entering the crypto space with the plan of launching its own crypto dubbed Libra. The project will be open to about 12 countries and is planned to debut in the first quarter of 2020. The company has been attracting a large audience with the support of major payment gateways including Visa, Mastercard and Paypal. Backed by a consortium of 100 corporate investors, Facebook has stirred a storm in the job market. A lot of aspirants have their bag full of hopes to grab the job opportunities in the dream company. 

There is an increased pressure on Facebook to protect user safety and privacy given its involvement in data breach scandals in the past. Needless to say, the management of such a wide database is no piece of cake. This will only open gateways to the expansion of the crypto team. Therefore, with the success of the Libra project, there will be a direct increase in the career opportunities such as compliance, legal, regulatory, privacy and audit jobs to contain the venture.

At the time of writing, Facebook has listed 38 new job opportunities in the blockchain industry which includes Business Development Manager,  Lead International Blockchain Counsel, Financial Accountant, Data Scientist, Growth Product Manager, Threat Investigator, Quantitative UX Researcher, Mixed Methods UX Researcher, Head of Data Science, Director in Payments Partnerships, Vice President, Technical Sourcer and Head of Customer Services.

As reported recently, a prominent professor from MIT was recruited by the social media giant to work on the crypto project. The increase in hiring by blockchain firms shows the long-term interests that firms have in mind. Monetary investment may be volatile in the short run, but investment in human resources sends a strong message of the long term trends.

Blockchain can have a rapid growth in the near future if the employers and the companies promise to believe in the potential of this technology and put in all their efforts and skill in blockchain technology. The primary requisite of the blockchain-related jobs is that it revolves around good coding skills and engineering experience.

Fortunately, these openings are centered in places where there is no shortage of technical and financial expertise. Blockchain is a dynamic and fast moving industry and these trends have created a large scope for people to have developed trust in it, paving the way for long-term interests.

 

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China Vs USA: Who is Winning the Blockchain Battle?

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China and the US are the superpowers of the 21st century and their respective blockchain innovations have both countries at the top of the technological leaderboard. As the two countries face off in a highly publicized trade war, many people are also looking to see which nation is winning the blockchain battle.

The blockchain jobs on offer

One way of comparing the industries is to examine the blockchain jobs on offer in each country. Right now, it looks like the US has got the upper hand. According to data compiled by The Next Web, nearly half of the related jobs on recruitment site Glassdoor globally were based in the US, followed by the Uk then India.

With the caveat that glassdoor is a US-based company despite hosting international job posts, China had just 42 positions advertised compared to the US’s 2,616.

Notably, the top three employers are IBM with 110 open positions, followed by Ernst & Young, Oracle, and Deloit– all well established corporate giants in the technology world.

Opposing government approaches

Where China may be superior, however, is its government’s commitment to promoting the development of the technology and President Xi Jinping’s open support for blockchain, calling it a ”breakthrough” technology. Following his positive comments, the state-controlled media station CCTV ran a one-hour special explaining that “the value of blockchain is 10 times that of the internet”.

The People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, has spearheaded blockchain testing in finance, and there is a general consensus from the experts that when it comes to core technological developments alone, China is beating the US.

China’s rapid industrialization and development as a nation since the 1980s shows just how powerful the government’s commitments have been, as well as demonstrating the benefits of a having heterogenous authoritarian leadership no matter how controversial this concept may be.

The influence of crypto

Neither country has what would be described as pro-cryptocurrency policies, but the Chinese government has taken a much harder stance. Regulations prohibit financial firms holding or trading cryptocurrencies, and while trading platforms were effectively banned in 2018.

In the US many states are also pursuing regulatory efforts to cover cryptocurrency instruments but cryptocurrency trading remains legal, as does holding initial coin offerings unlike in China.

While cryptocurrency only accounts for a percentage of blockchain use cases, the inability of start-ups to explore tokens and digital currency without fear of government intervention sets China back in terms of what blockchain development teams can work with. In mid-April last year, police in Shanghai went so far as to stop an event for cryptocurrency entrepreneurs.

There is no clear frontrunner in the blockchain race as it stands, but many pundits are focused on China’s robust development policies and quality of innovations so far despite the US’s upper hand for cryptocurrency.

 

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Demand for DLT Expertise Skyrockets by 300% in the US

In the US, Glassdoor’s job search website has reported four times more offers on blockchain and cryptocurrency positions in August 2018 than that of the previous year.

The significant rise in job vacancies in the US blockchain and crypto market is buoyed by those positions requiring software developers, which now represent every fifth vacancy. In August 2017, 446 jobs posted were related to keywords “blockchain” and “Bitcoin.” This number rose to 1,755 in August this year, despite the downward trend in crypto markets since the end of 2017.

The greatest demand was seen to be in New York and San Francisco which accounted for 24% and 21% of all positions. Most of the positions, almost 80%, were divided amongst America’s 15 major cities.

Apart from software and technology developers, analysts and market researchers, risk managers and marketing managers represented the majority of positions advertised. Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin’s ConsenSys and IBM were shown to be the most active employers according to the survey amongst the 200 crypto industry positions, with Coinbase and Kraken looking for blockchain specialists.

In order to promote education in fintech, to boost the sector even further and meet employers demands, universities have increasingly joined the blockchain revolution offering courses in both cryptocurrency and blockchain. A recent analysis of curriculum in the best universities by Coinbase this year shows that 22 have a cryptocurrency or blockchain program and 11 of these have more than two relevant courses, with US universities currently leading the charge.

Outside of the US, the National University of Singapore and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich have two or more courses, and universities in the UK, Denmark, Switzerland, Australia, and Singapore have their own crypto programmes.

Campbell Harvey, a Professor of International Business at Duke University said that he has seen law students particularly benefit from taking blockchain classes. “Law students that are trained in blockchain, they don’t need to apply anywhere. People are just asking them to join their firms.”

Most of the surveyed students engaged in human sciences say they would prefer blockchain to informatics. It remains to be seen if the demand from blockchain and crypto expertise in the workplace will be met by universities’ output of new young crypto professionals.

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