United States: Jobs for blockchain developers exploded in 2018

The blockchain developer profession tops the list of LinkedIn’s “Top Five Emerging Jobs” for 2018.

In a study published Thursday, the networking platform revealed that the interest sparked this year by crypto-currencies has exploded business demand for workers with skills related to blockchain development.

In the United States, the number of job offers mentioning these skills has increased 33-fold in just one year.

According to the study, the most sought-after skills are those related to the Solidity programming language, blockchain, Ethereum, crypto-currencies and Node.js, an open source javascript platform.

LinkedIn notes that IBM, ConsenSys and Chainyard are the top three employers in this ecosystem. The company also says that US cities where blockchain developers demand the most are San Francisco, New York and Atlanta.

Despite the results of this study, we know that the fall in the price of cryptocurrencies has already impacted the workforce of some blockchain companies. This is particularly the case of Consensys, a company specializing in the development around the Ethereum network, which announced a few days ago that it was laying off 13% of its staff.

For its part, the social network Steemit decided in November to separate 70% of its employees, citing “the weakness of crypto-markets”.

Note that the job of blockchain developer was not mentioned in the study published last year by LinkedIn. Guy Berger, his chief economist, said this week:

“Only time will allow us to know if the blockchain will be a long-term trend in the job market.”

Last month, a study by Indeed.com – one of the leading job search sites – also reflected a growing interest among employers for candidates with blockchain and cryptocurrency skills. Between October 2017 and October 2018, the number of offers of “crypto-jobs” had increased by 25.5% on the platform.

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