Digital skills have never been more in-demand, with the best developers commanding enviable six-figure salaries. Now though, according to data from LinkedIn, one sector in particular has come into bloom: blockchain.
The number of postings seeking out blockchain experts has tripled in the past year, with last week seeing more than 1,000 blockchain-related job adverts go out. That’s a rise of more than 40% each quarter.
It’s hardly surprising then, that a quarter of the 10,000 people to list blockchain as a skill on LinkedIn already work in the financial services sector.
Developers with blockchain skills have become the hottest commodity
Freelance employment website Upwork released its latest quarterly index of the 20 hottest job skills, which shows that job postings for workers with blockchain skills have grown exponentially this year. In its last quarterly report, blockchain technologists were in second place behind those with skills in robotics.
“Blockchain appears to be the next uncharted, highly talked about technology similar to what the ‘cloud’ was back in the mid-2000's,” the Upwork report says. Its growth exceeded 2,000% for three quarters in a row on Upwork.com, and in Q1 it experienced more than 6,000% year-over-year growth, making it the fastest-growing skill out of more than 5,000 skills on the site.
The top 20 fastest-growing skills in 2018:
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Blockchain is a field that’s still in its formative stage. With an ever-growing number of users and with many governments trying to find a way to incorporate this technology into the economy, it will become one of the biggest industries, employing millions of people. Software developers with an interest in the blockchain technology will be in high demand. Those who learn specific languages such as Solidity, which builds applications for the Ethereum platform, will have an added advantage. The blockchain technology will certainly impact the future in more ways than one.
27.8. 2018, Lida Pavelkova