Blockchain technology has broken through our world and is set to revolutionize our lives, changing our financial systems via cryptocurrency, organizational settings via DAOs, fundraising via ICOs, IDOs, and IEOs, as well as other aspects of our lives via DeFi, smart contracts, NFTs, etc.
Of course, humans and not robots will be at the forefront of this revolution, and if the idea of a “trustless, decentralized public network where nothing is hidden” seems like a good idea to you, then you could be a part of this paradigm shift by transitioning to a career in blockchain technology.
What Are Blockchain Careers?
Blockchain careers are typical, everyday jobs that we do in developing other industry sectors; however, in blockchain technology, these career paths involve using specific skills to either develop blockchain technology or increase its mass usage.
According to data released by Upwork in 2018, Blockchain skills are the fastest-growing skills, showing tremendous demand for many professionals in the expansive space. Some of the top Blockchain skills in 2022 include:
1. Blockchain Developers
Blockchain development involves the creation of innovative blockchain solutions to solve traditional problems; for example, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) have helped create organizations where decision-making is not hierarchical; instead, all members can equally contribute to decision-making with transparent voting on protocols via smart contracts. Blockchain technology has also helped solve many other traditional problems, and all of these are idealized by a Blockchain developer.
A blockchain developer is required to apply software development and engineering skills like programming, cryptography, and smart contracts to develop on-chain solutions to traditional problems.
2. Technical Writers
Technical writers are essential in Blockchain technology; they are required to break down complex information about blockchain technology to its simplest form so that everyone can quickly get a grasp. Of course, trying to explain complex concepts could be burdensome; however, these writers make it seamless by replacing technical terms with easy-to-understand terms without excessively watering down the message.
Technical writers are needed to write whitepapers and guides which contain more technical details than other types of written content. Of course, technical writers are required to have excellent communication skills, a great deal of knowledge about blockchain such that they can explain to a five-year-old, and in some high-level cases, are required to know about software development.
3. Data Scientists and Engineers
Data is at the heart of any technology; without data, there would be no accurate insights on how to solve traditional problems using blockchain technology. Therefore, data engineers are required to generate high-quality, verifiable data for data scientists to predict trends, user behavior, etc.
By generating and accurately analyzing data, developers can determine what problems to solve and how best to solve them.
Data scientists and engineers are required to have a deep understanding of statistical analysis, programming, data processing, visualization, and machine learning; of course, they must have good knowledge about blockchain/cryptocurrency.
4. Cybersecurity Specialists
For a blockchain to be considered good, it must overcome the blockchain trilemma (decentralization, scalability, and security). The digital world is a target for malicious attackers and criminals who intend to steal money, data, or other valuables from people via the internet; as a result, every blockchain solution must come with several cybersecurity specialists who can anticipate a threat and make efforts to stop them, and not put their users in danger.
A cybersecurity specialist must be an excellent programmer and proficient in cloud security and security analysis; they must also be excellent at predicting attackers’ moves. Poor security could bring down all the progress made by a blockchain because no user will commit funds or sensitive information to a protocol that threatens their security.
5. UI/UX Designers
Aesthetics and ease of use are essential parts of any digital technology dedicated to mass usage, of which blockchain technology is prominent. For example, if a product/service is challenging to navigate, it will not get as many users as other seamless ones; end-users don’t appreciate a stressful experience while using digital technology; hence, User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) is an important aspect of blockchain development.
No matter how effective and functional a blockchain product/service is, it will struggle to gain mass attention with a poor UI/UX; hence, the service is in huge demand. UI/UX designers are expected to be proficient in graphic design, information architecture, wireframing, prototyping, etc.
The marketing department of a blockchain project is broad. The marketing team is expected to be the link between the product and the mass market, convincing them of the perks of using that specific blockchain product via social media marketing, advertisements, email marketing, etc.
The core members of a marketing team include the marketing manager, digital marketing manager, brand marketer, and marketing strategists. They are usually supported by copywriters, graphics designers, SEO specialists, content writers, etc.
Without marketing, no one would get to know the product or the solution it offers; hence, marketers are in dire demand of blockchain projects.
How To Enter a Blockchain Career
Transitioning into a blockchain career isn’t difficult. Suppose you already have the above-mentioned skills, while working in other industry sectors. In that case, all you need to do is to deeply read and research what the blockchain is all about; then, you will be able to solve problems associated with your current career path as it relates to the blockchain.
If you have no industry experience in any of the roles above, you can enroll yourself in academies, register for courses, and get certifications. While doing that, you should be a friend of the internet, keeping yourself up-to-date with blockchain technology and improving your skills via YouTube, crypto/blockchain blogs, and other educational sources.
Everyone across all fields can participate in blockchain technology. Although some career paths are more in-demand, all careers are useful in blockchain technology. Some other common blockchain roles include community management, accountancy, business analysis, product management, as well as other managerial and administrative roles.
So, if you are interested in working in the blockchain industry, the pool is wide enough to swim.
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