Blockchain has permeated the headlines for quite some time now. Perhaps you’re familiar with it only peripherally. Perhaps you’ve dipped your toes in the technology and pondered it as a viable solution. Perhaps you think it’s nice and sweet and it doesn’t concern you. But, even if you deem it will remain in the hinterlands, have you considered the effect it may have on your career in 2017?
Why you should worry
Angelist reports 75 of its startups are currently seeking Blockchain developers. Although that may seem like a modicum, blockchain has already been making inroads into the financial, health, and governmental markets. Therefore, it’s likely that as a developer working in these and other industries, you may be asked to tinker with the crypto technology.
But wait, there’s more.
- New advancements in the technology are being made every day, a sure-fire sign that it may be coming out of its nascent stage and into pubescence.
- Private and public organizations, such as IBM and the UK government, are investing more of their resources in the tech.
- Experimentation of its use in different industries and areas continues. Some governments are even looking at the technology’s capabilities for elections and startups are springing up to leverage the tech in unique ways.
Why you shouldn’t worry
Blockchain has a myriad of skeptics with data to back-up their claims. They suggest that it’s got a long way to go. Some even downright dismiss it as all sizzle. Based on this, you can rest assured that you won’t be needing to invest in blockchain training anytime soon.
- Although finance was the first industry to implement the technology, financial experts don’t think a revolution is on the brink.
- Some researchers still consider it downright experimental technology.
- The adoption of blockchain by governments continues to be a source of contention.
The best approach for developers
If you work in finance, especially, I’d suggest you take a look at how blockchain is implemented. Whether it is or isn’t the future, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And prevention in your career means being prepared for anything. Besides, how cool would it be to tell your colleagues that you know blockchain?
- Learning path for Blockchain on developerWorks
- Coursera offers a course from Princeton University on cryptocurrency
- B9 Lab offers a comprehensive series of workshops
- The Blockchain Training Conference specializes in training attendees
- Blockchain University offers a myriad of university-grade courses
- Udemy offers an affordable blockchain 101 course
In September it was reported that developers were “flocking” to blockchain trainings because of demand. If blockchain is the revolutionary tech of the future, why not join them? If it isn’t the revolutionary tech of the future but you’re a curious developer who enjoys being challenged with something new (like most software engineers I know), why not join them? I say it’s a win-win either way.
A word of note: Although Bitcoin is what made blockchain famous, it is an implementation of the technology. Some are stating that Bitcoin is on the decline, and predicting that it will soon be overtaken in popularity and adoption by blockchain. I’d focus your training and research on blockchain.
Get started learning more about Blockchain at developerWorks
- Blockchain @ developerWorks
- What is blockchain? A Primer on Distributed Ledger Technology
- Blockchain blog @ developerWorks
- Get on the Blockchain with IBM