The role of blockchain developer has leaped straight to the top of LinkedIn’s emerging jobs list for 2018.
The networking platform for professionals said in a report Thursday that recent increased interest around cryptocurrencies has led to staff with blockchain development skills being in high demand in the U.S, and that related job listings have seen a 33-times increase in just a year.
LinkedIn further notes that IBM, ConsenSys and Chainyard are the top three employers in the space with top locations being San Francisco, New York City and Atlanta, across information technology & services, computer software and internet sectors.
It’s worth noting that Consensys has just announced that it will be laying off 13 percent of staff due to a business “streamlining” effort at the ethereum-focused firm.
Notably, the blockchain developer role was not mentioned in the last year’s LinkedIn report. Guy Berger, chief economist at LinkedIn, said in Thursday’s report:
“Only time will tell if blockchain will be a long-standing trend in the job market.”
Last month, another report from one of the largest jobs sites, Indeed.com, also showed that employer interest in blockchain and cryptocurrency-related roles has increased, with the number of related job postings increasing by 25.5 percent from October 2017 to October 2018.