How to Start Your Career as a Blockchain Software Developer
The tech industry is already enduring a shortage of hard-skill professionals. This is especially true in the blockchain sector because it is new and still lacks educational paths.
The average salary of a blockchain developer is over $140K, one of the highest in the tech industry, and still, many positions are unfilled. If you are a software developer or even if you don’t know anything about programming, choosing to be employed in the blockchain sector is a good move. You will probably have many job opportunities to choose from.
Know that it requires a lot of dedication and passion, like everything worth gaining in life. These are the first steps to follow to become a blockchain software developer.
Blockchain is a relatively new niche, and it hasn’t become a popular career choice yet. Most professionals in the blockchain industry are software developers that learn blockchain on their own. Because of the lack of popularity, there aren’t many university degrees for blockchain development education. Some universities and other educational institutions offer short courses to teach blockchain development, but often, the students must have previous programming knowledge.
Blockchain is a complicated subject; many people still don’t understand how it works. So before deciding whether or not you want to enter the industry, you should understand everything about the technology and its applications.
Blockchain is a "chain" of blocks made up of data that represent transactions in a network. The technology offers a degree of transparency because all of the nodes in a network are accessible to those involved. Blockchain is decentralised and immutable because one party doesn’t have control of all the transactions. Instead, different computers supervise one transaction.
There are other concepts that you need to learn to understand blockchains, like decentralised and distributed ledgers, Dapps, smart contracts, consensus mechanism, miners, and platforms like Ethereum.
Cryptography is the science and practice of protecting data in a way that only people that are meant to see it can read it. It is not new, encryption of sensitive data has been going on since before the turn of the century. But, with the latest technologies that have come along, people have to become more inventive to protect information.
Blockchain was built using many of the core concepts of cryptography, and without it, this technology would be very different. There are in-depth online courses that teach cryptography. Online courses are an excellent option to reach a deeper understanding of blockchain technology.
Conduct Cryptocurrency Projects
Like with any other career, when entering an industry experience is a must. But in the blockchain industry, where there aren’t higher education options, one of the few ways to demonstrate your knowledge is by showing a portfolio of projects.
You can build your blockchain projects, but some of them take a long time to finish, and working on your own is already an achievement. But, you will probably want to have more than one project under your belt.
An excellent option to get familiar is to contribute to a current cryptocurrency project. Even though the blockchain community is relatively small, there are tons of cryptocurrency projects that are looking for collaborators. So, look for a project that you are interested in and start building up your skills. You can even collaborate with different projects at the same time.
Choose a Career Path
As in other tech sectors, software engineers can fulfil different jobs in blockchain. You can be a blockchain developer, with the primary role of developing and maintaining decentralised applications and plan projects. Like any other software developer, a blockchain software developer can also be a back-end developer for platforms.
A software developer can be a smart-contract engineer as well, with their primary responsibility being to develop smart contracts, making sure they don’t have any loopholes and doing end-to-end business process testing.
These are just two examples! To learn more about kickstarting your future in blockchain, check out Career Karma.
About the author:
Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.
The above references an opinion and is for informational purposes only. Do not take this as personalised financial advice or investment advice. The views expressed by the author do not necessarily represent the opinion of BitPrime.
Last updated: 01/07/2020