Blockchain is a growing field that could potentially change the way we do banking. Companies like J.P Morgan, Berkshire Hathaway, and Bank of America recognize the potential and are trying to get involved. In 2016 JP Morgan created their own cryptocurrency called Quorum. Since February of 2020, there has been speculation of a merger between Quorum and Ethereum, a frontrunner in the crypto market. Recently ConsenSys announced their acquisition of Quorum and their plans for integration.
“Anyone building on Quorum will...get a roadmap that’s very explicit publicly maintained that they can build against and move towards, and a suite of features and functionality they can now purchase to accelerate their time to market.”
Public mergers such as these have contributed to many new positions being available. Not just at large companies but small tech startups solely dedicated to Blockchain and crypto. Jobs like these can be found on almost all career-related websites. These include sites like ZipRecruiter, Indeed, Linkedin, and Hypjobs.
Most of the listings require knowledge of software development but there are other jobs for those interested in . Some examples are project and product managers, business development, web design, graphic design, and information technology. BlockDriven Academy has a 40+ page guide on different career paths available within the world of blockchain. Jobs like these are available all over the United States but most commonly in New York. However, there are other countries looking to get involved. The Philippines government recently launched an app allowing its citizens to use Blockchain for distributing government bonds. Other countries that are integrating blockchain technology into their society include China, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia.
With people mostly confined to their homes, any job that can be done online is sure to receive a lot of applicants. Luckily Blockchain jobs are done almost completely online. With the huge growth of zoom, jobs that require meeting other people or working in groups can also be done from the safety of your own home. Whether it's a collaborative project, meeting with clients, or hearing something from a boss, Zoom makes life easier for those who use it. The blockchain space is certainly taking advantage of this.
For those regardless of experience, the best advice is to network. Whether it's through school, job fairs, company events, or simply word of mouth, make yourself known. The more outgoing and passionate you seem to potential employers the higher your chances of getting hired are. Just because you have a high G.P.A and have a very good understanding of the material it doesn’t mean you are guaranteed a job. Having good communication skills and being capable of discussing these topics is crucial for any blockchain-related job.
There is such a variety of positions available to you. Blockchain is still fresh and in need of traditionally skilled workers. You don’t even have to leave your couch. Do your research, get comfortable with the language, and involve yourself in something you are passionate about.