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Hiring for crypto and blockchain jobs is exploding

January 13, 2022, 11:35 AM UTC

Good morning,

On the hunt for employees who specialize in crypto or blockchain? So is everyone else.

Data from LinkedIn released on Wednesday found that from 2020 to 2021, job postings with titles including “cryptocurrency,” “blockchain” and “Bitcoin,” and also “Ethereum” have increased 395% year over year in the U.S. In comparison, tech industry job postings grew about 98%. 

Most jobs are related to software and finance, according to LinkedIn. However, professional services jobs like accounting are also seeing a rise. I did a job search on the site under “blockchain,” the foundation for crypto. It garnered more than 28,000 results. Searching by entry-level, there were about 2,900 listings. Looking for mid-senior, director and executive levels, I received about 13,000 job listings. 

For example, American Express is seeking to hire a senior backend engineer in digital payments and blockchain. In 2017, American Express partnered with Ripple (XRP) to form a blockchain-based payment infrastructure. Job titles “blockchain developer,” “blockchain engineer” and “senior blockchain engineer” combined represent 15.64% of the open job listings, LinkedIn said. Meanwhile, Travoom, a travel experience startup, is looking for a “CFO and possible-cofounder.” “Blockchain knowledge and understanding, experience working on crypto products a huge plus,” according to the post. 

When searching under “crypto,” I received over 15,000 results. Under entry-level, just under 2,000 jobs. And mid-senior, director and executive levels showed over 9,000 jobs. Needless to say, crypto companies like Blockchain.com and Coinbase and broker-dealer app Robinhood had several listings. 

Although assets like Bitcoin have been around for a long time, the maturity of the markets and platforms around the digital currency, “are light years ahead of what they were three or four years ago,” Kevin Werbach, professor of legal studies and business ethics at The Wharton School, said during a virtual press briefing last month. 

Werbach noted that 2021 was a crazy year for everything having to do with crypto and digital assets, but also one where we’ve seen a tremendous amount of real activity, including investors pouring $30 billion into crypto. “What is 2022 likely to be?” he said. “Even crazier.”

Bitcoin’s volatility continues to garner a range of predictions and reactions. The cryptocurrency fell below $40,000 on Monday for a time before rebounding, though plenty of bulls continue to have far-out price targets, with even Goldman Sachs predicting Bitcoin could hit $100,000 if it continues to take market share from gold. “I think the volatility you’re seeing right now is no different than the volatility that’s existed throughout all of Bitcoin’s existence,” BTCS Inc. CFO Michael Prevoznik told me earlier this week.

“CFOs shouldn’t be pushing to jump into holding crypto just because it’s the future or because Elon Musk says so,” Werbach said in December. “But I would urge them to understand it better.”

Or at least hire some folks that do.


See you tomorrow.

Sheryl Estrada
sheryl.estrada@fortune.com

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