Ten years ago the world barely knew about cryptocurrency, or the new shared ledger technology on which it was based. Today, Blockchain is a thriving sub-sector of the tech industry, and almost every major technology company has a blockchain strategy.
As a result of this rapid growth and high demand for employees, there are many new career opportunities in blockchain, but comparatively few people with the skills and experience to fill them. The top roles, particularly in software development, require a level of expertise that can take years to achieve.
For those seeking to change careers or get started in blockchain, however, there are plenty of entry-level positions. These can be a great way to learn about this new set of technologies, make contacts in the industry, build a reputation and work towards bigger and better things.
While blockchain jobs can be highly technical, many vacancies won’t need any special skills to get started. Others do require some expertise, but will help you further build your skillset to a high level through significant investment in you and your career. In all cases, willingness to learn is valuable, and a basic grasp of the sector and technology can only help you. Here are ten entry-level jobs – all taken from actual roles recently advertised on recruitment sites – where you can get a foot in the door of this new industry and take your first steps on your next career.
Internships in blockchain can take many forms, but it’s unlikely you’ll be stuck with making the tea and doing the photocopying if you manage to make the grade. You probably won’t need extensive experience in blockchain, though you will need to be bright, motivated, and be willing to work hard. For developer internships, you’ll need to have some track record with coding, though no one’s going to expect you to be familiar with all the quirks of Solidity. You could equally be involved in research or marketing roles.
If you have a relevant background or qualification, and you are looking for a digital marketing manager job, an entry-level role could be a great fit. You’ll be taking what you already know about marketing (mainly digital marketing), and applying it in a new setting. This is the ideal way to learn more about blockchain on the job, getting to grips with the technology, understanding the benefits it offers users, and how to communicate those on a variety of different channels.
All companies need administrators and HR staff. While you probably won’t need to know anything about blockchain to secure a job in admin, the nature of many blockchain startups is that there will be lots of opportunities to pick up new skills and figure out new processes that are specific to the industry (like running a crypto payroll or managing basic security procedures). Additionally, it can be all hands on deck: if you can learn new skills and serve the company in other ways, your chances of progressing to another role are good.
Another entry-level role which needs little in the way of specialist skills, this post is vital for engaging the communities that build up around crypto projects, answering questions, and keeping discussions civil and on track. It may sound easy, but it can be a tough job and one that’s definitely not for everyone.
Just as investment banks and funds hire and train new traders straight out of university or college in the traditional financial world, so new crypto-focused funds are looking for people who have the discipline to analyze the markets and pinpoint for low-risk, high-return opportunities.
There’s a huge demand to fill vacancies in this new sector, and if you’re someone who knows how to find the right person for the job, you’ll be in a position to make a sideways move and carve out a niche as a specialist recruiter.
This is another role where you’ll learn a lot about blockchain on the job, and move quickly up the ladder as you understand more and more about the queries people submit.
The top jobs in the blockchain sector can easily earn in excess of $200,000 per year, plus equity or bonuses. Of course, entry-level jobs won’t pay as much as this, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much more you’ll be taking home than in a comparable job in another sector.
Jobs in blockchain typically pay 10-20% above what you’d otherwise receive. If you’re looking to pick up an internship, you’re much more likely to be paid – because these positions are competitive and often exacting, you probably won’t be expected to work for free, as you might be in other industries.
Blockchain jobs are now part of the normal employment landscape, so you’ll be able to find lots of entry-level opportunities on LinkedIn and other popular recruitment sites. If you want to go about things a different way and learn at the grassroots, there are plenty of courses you can take online, and there are blockchain freelancer sites that will enable you to find gig work you can fit around other commitments, learning as you go and earning cryptocurrency in the process.