As blockchain continues to evolve into a sector of its own, it is giving birth to new job opportunities for people who are interested in learning more about technology. Being a relatively nascent sector, however, there is not much documentation, support system, or guide as to how one can jumpstart a career in blockchain. To improve your chances of getting work in the blockchain sector, here are some skills you’ll want to learn and master.
Fundamentals of Blockchain
When talking about the underlying technology that drives cryptocurrency transactions and developments, one needs more than just knowing what Bitcoin is. You’ll need to understand the fundamentals of blockchain, including what decentralization means, how consensus within a network is achieved, what gas prices are, what protocols exist for networks to freely regulate themselves, and so on. Once you understand the fundamentals of blockchain, it’ll be easier to understand how cryptocurrencies and new blockchains are created.
Broad Cross-Discipline Skills
Having strong cross-discipline skills allows you to foresee what your clients may need in the long term. You can use this skill set as a key differentiator to outshine competing for independent contractors or coworkers in your company. Some examples of cross-discipline skills include critical thinking, agility, DevOps, foresight, analytical skills, management skills, and leadership skills. These skills allow you to work on a broad range of projects within a company rather than be pigeonholed into smaller, less impactful projects.
Business & Tech Integrations
You can get a high-paying job in blockchain engineering or DevOps if you are able to integrate business models with technology. Companies are only interested in adopting blockchain if it offers something beneficial for them, particularly increasing sales and revenues or reducing operating costs. Being able to couple business models with the necessary software and tools, however, requires considerable experience and know-how in order to execute successfully.
Distributed Ledger Knowledge
This may shock people, but the blockchain isn’t the sole option for distributed ledgers at the moment. While blockchain is the only one that is predominantly decentralized, it is only one of the many types of distributed ledgers available. Having a solid foundation of what DLTs are, the different types available, and the pros and cons of each can be a marketable skill you can bring to the table when applying for a blockchain job. If a company or client is looking to switch DLTs, you can be an invaluable member of the team to lead the transition.
Getting a job within the fast-growing blockchain sector is all about building your technical skills and adding more to your knowledge base. In addition, you’ll want to build your interpersonal skills, including communication and leadership abilities, to be able to access more opportunities for work.