Today, Microsoft-owned LinkedIn released its top five emerging careers, where it listed “Blockchain Developer” as its biggest growing job sector for 2018.
According to LinkedIn’s 2018 U.S. Emerging Jobs Report, job listings for engineers who can develop distributed ledgers with P2P technology have grown 33 times this year. In the second place, and by quite a massive distance, is the Machine Learning Engineer role, a position which has increased twelve times within the same period.
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The other entries in the top five jobs in 2018 are Application Sales Executive, Machine Learning Specialists, and Professional Medical Representative. The social network also found that apart from registering a staggering year-on-year growth rate, the cities with the most demand for blockchain developers’ skills are New York City, San Francisco, and Atlanta. LinkedIn also notes the major skills required for this role, which includes knowledge in Node.js, cryptocurrency, blockchain, solidity, and Ethereum.
In a blog post, Guy Berger, Chief Economist at LinkedIn, explained why demand went up for devs who understood the distributed ledger technology.
“It’s no surprise that we’re seeing an explosion of machine learning roles and continuing growth of data science roles. In fact, we started to see glimmers of this in last year’s report; however, both fields are starting to see more specialized roles emerge. It also may not shock you that Blockchain Developer is topping the list following this year’s surge in interest around blockchain and crypto.”
Blockchain has come a long way since Bitcoin, and its counterparts emerged from the dark web to capture the attention of global masses and the financial industry. It’s not surprising why “What is Bitcoin?” has been one of the most commonly asked questions this year on Google.