Here’s a Look At Where Blockchain Skills Can Take You in 2019 & Beyond



Working a job requiring blockchain skills.

At this point, blockchain technology still seems so young and fresh that it’s hard to imagine what a job in the field would look like. Of course, that might be the opinion of someone sitting on the outside.

Anyone within the field knows that vacancies are popping up in many companies, and they will soon have the names of blockchain professionals on them. That leads to the question of where blockchain skills can take you this year, next year and in the years to come.

The short answer is that they can take you very far as more of these opportunities continue to grow like wildfire.

Companies Now Want Blockchain Professionals at a Feverish Pace

According to a report by Toptal, a marketplace for on-demand tech talent, requests for blockchain engineers has increased by 700% since January 2017. Additionally, 40% of fully managed software development projects required applicants to have some blockchain skills.

In 2017, 15 out of 18 of the most popular jobs mentioned “cryptocurrency” in the job description and between December 2016 and December 2017, Indeed.com stats revealed a 207% increase in blockchain positions.

To get a sense of the bigger picture, the number of blockchain jobs from November 2015 to December 2017 increased by 631%.

Currently, forecasts have projected the blockchain market to see up to $9.7 billion in spending by 2021.

To put it plainly, these statistics alone are showing how far blockchain has come in just a few years. There’s a huge demand for professionals with these skill sets and it’s only getting bigger. But these are just outside numbers. What’s actually happening behind closed doors at major companies looking for blockchain talent?

Who’s on the Hunt for Blockchain Skills

If you were to do a Google search or look up major job boards for blockchain jobs, you’d see a wide range of different companies. Companies with varying levels of maturity, capabilities, and from different industries want individuals who have blockchain skills on their resumes.

They include startups (perhaps what most people think of), mature enterprises, global conglomerates and independent companies without major funding. Many of these names are recognizable while others are completely unknown.

Cryptocurrency Startups (namely digital currency exchanges)

  • Blockfolio

  • Coinbase

  • Coinlist

  • Kraken

  • Jaxx

Established enterprises

  • IBM

  • VISA

  • CISCO

  • Intel

  • Microsoft

Freelance/Gig marketplaces

These are just some of the places where blockchain skills are welcome or required. The full list would go on for dozens of pages. To get a more in-depth of look at these jobs, you can visit the more popular job boards such as Indeed and Monster. There’s also blockchain-specific job boards such as Blocktribe, Crypto Job List and Blockchain Job Board.

Industries Looking for Blockchain Skills

In short, every industry you can think wants blockchain skills right now. It’s not limited to the tech world. And this makes perfect sense considering blockchain has applications for virtually every industry on the planet.

With that said, there are some industries which at the moment are standouts. These tend to be the fields where blockchain technology shows the most promise in causing disruption or major change (for the better).

Industries with High Rates of Blockchain Jobs

  • Technology

  • Finance

  • Security

  • Healthcare

  • Supply chain management

  • Insurance & benefits

  • Real Estate

  • Project Management

And this list is growing and expanding into dozens of other industries.

Top Cities where Blockchain Skills are in Demand

Another facet to look at with blockchain jobs right now is location. After all, you have to go where the jobs are. These jobs are showing up in many places throughout the world and here in North America alone, are plenty of cities where blockchain openings keep on popping up.

Canadian Cities with High Rates of Blockchain Openings

  • Toronto

  • Waterloo

  • Vancouver

  • Montreal

  • Calgary

U.S. Cities with High Rates of Blockchain Openings

  • San Francisco

  • New York City

  • Chicago

  • Los Angeles

  • Boston

  • Palo Alto

  • Austin

  • Menlo Park

  • Seattle

  • Denver