Employers are looking for blockchain developers, yet are struggling to find and connect with talent. People with experience in blockchain programming, such as Solidity, Java, C++, and Python are one of the fastest growing workforce in demand. According to Burning Glass Technologies, there was a 115% increase in job postings in 2017, for those with blockchain knowledge, and the demands are projected to increase in 2018. Furthermore, employers are looking for developers with a strong passion, curiosity, and high levels of creativity with this technology. To help alleviate the stress of finding blockchain talent, there are numerous websites, like Upwork Global Inc., that allow blockchain developers and engineers of such expertise to create profiles in hopes of finding employment. Within their profiles are their skills, number of jobs completed, hours worked within their field and more. Because blockchain can be applied to all industries, these job boards post blockchain developers from all different fields, such as marketing, cryptography, analytics, engineering, etc. This provides a variety of talent within the blockchain pool to help employers find the right developer. Below are several other job boards, like Upwork Global Inc., that can become beneficial when searching for talent:
In addition to job boards, universities and companies are beginning to offer blockchain courses to its students and employees. Institutions like Stanford, MIT, and Berkeley have created their own blockchain courses and added it to their curriculum. Companies like IBM are administering free online training to its workers. Eventually, other organizations will follow the same lead.
Although blockchain is a hard talent to find, employers can also invest in their own people. Like IBM, employers can construct training programs to educate current employees on the skills needed to become an expert in blockchain technology. Building your own talent and becoming apart of the growing workforce will be a fair advantage and name you as a competitor in 2018.