Soon-to-be-obsolete journalists like yours truly shouldn’t just learn how to code.
We should apparently learn to code for blockchain.
According to Linkedin, blockchain is the hard skill sought after by companies in 2020.
In a blog post, the social media platform wrote that while blockchain was born in 2009 to support the use of cryptocurrency, the technology’s “novel way to store, validate, authorize, and move data across the internet has evolved to securely store and send any digital asset.”
Including self-sovereign IDs and digital certificates. Just sayin’.
Linkedin noted that the few people who have mastered this technology are in high demand. They were kind enough to provide some links to some resources for learning blockchain technology, including a course on learning Solidity, the language used to write Ethereum smart contracts.
In taking the top spot, blockchain beat out other hot skills such as cloud computing, analytical reasoning and AI.
TNW quotes Linkedin as saying, “Companies seem to be saying that the potential [of blockchain] is worth the gamble. Blockchain has become a line of business for a who’s who of the corporate world — IBM, Oracle, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft (LinkedIn’s parent company), Amazon, and American Express, to name just a few.”
The situation differs little in Korea, where just about every major Korean corporation — including Samsung, Hyundai, LG, SK, KT, Naver and Kakao — have invested in blockchain technology.
ICONLOOP Communication Team Lead Minhwan Kim says on the subject: “As blockchain technology gradually approaches our life, blockchain job seekers are not only required to have the technology and expertise of blockchain itself, but also the connection and integration with existing legacy systems, as well as UI and UX for user convenience.”
“The high demand means that there are many companies preparing for or working in the blockchain business,” Kim explains. “Although the cryptocurrency market is still in recession due to the lack of visible results through blockchain technology, the preparation of the blockchain business by various companies foretells that blockchain-based services and the benefits are in front of us in the near future.”