LinkedIn, a corporation owned by Microsoft, has published its five most promising careers and “Blockchain Developer” came out on top for the year 2018.

The 2018 U.S Emerging Jobs Report by LinkedIn revealed that job posts for engineers who specialize in the development of distributed ledger technology have increased 33 times in 2018. Machine Learning took second place, by a very wide gap, growing 12 times in 2018.

Blockchain Skills Are Needed In New York

The other jobs in the five most promising careers of 2018 include Machine Learning Specialists, Application Sales Executive and Professional Medical Representative. LinkedIn also discovered that aside the amazing growth rate it registered this year, cities like San Francisco, New York and Atlanta had the highest demand for skilled blockchain developers. In addition, LinkedIn mentioned the main skills needed to handle this role and they include a well-grounded knowledge in cryptocurrency, Ethereum, Node.js, blockchain and solidity.

LinkedIn’s Chief Economist, Guy Berger, explained in a blog post the reason for the increase in demand for distributed ledger technology developers. His words:

“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 cryptocurrency.”

It has been a long and exciting journey for the blockchain technology since the unveiling of Bitcoin, which came and got the attention of the financial industry and the world in general. Therefore, it is not strange to know that “What is Bitcoin?” ranks among the top questions asked on Google this year.

The Hottest Course in Town; Blockchain

With blockchain courses becoming more popular in universities and the need for blockchain expertise being on the rise, it is not surprising that the blockchain career came to be the most sought after in 2018.

Meanwhile, as it is known that blockchain developer came out tops as the most sought-after career on LinkedIn, the site Indeed.com believes otherwise. It is worth noting that job posts relating to blockchain have declined steadily this year due to the bearish performance of the market. From research, it has been confirmed that though the blockchain is a well-paying sector to explore, there has been a decline in demand for its experts and engineers.

A representative of Indeed stated that the interest for bitcoin and blockchain related roles had experienced a 3.06% decline, “while employer interest for roles related to the same terms only rose 25.49%. Which was very different than the interest levels from the year before by both parties.”

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