Blockchain is a booming industry with more and more use cases emerging all the time. Even in this more temperate climate of diminished ICO funding, blockchain projects are often very well funded by private investors and even government grants.

There is no shortage of money and potential applications for the technology – but there is a shortage of skilled workers.

Even non-technical blockchain jobs tend to pay higher than their equivalent in other industries. There are more jobs than applicants and the specialized nature of the space is a barrier to entry. Glassdoor found that demand for blockchain jobs has risen 300% and that blockchain jobs have an average salary of $85,000.

With so much information online on how to teach yourself the skills for many jobs, there’s absolutely no reason you couldn’t be learning how to enter the blockchain industry yourself. Let’s start with perhaps the most immediate job that comes to mind.

Blockchain Development

Blockchain programming is definitely the most difficult to learn the basics of, and tends to have the highest salary on average as well (although as with anything, there are exceptions, and copywriters or marketers working for high-end blockchain companies will reap a higher salary than blockchain developers earning the industry average in companies with smaller paychecks).

Blockchain developers can expect to earn $150,000 to $175,000, which is between $15,000 to $40,000 higher than standard software engineers and is equivalent to the pay rate for AI engineers.

Here’s an article with 5 free courses on blockchain and blockchain programming.

Copywriting

Blockchain, like anything, needs solid online content to flourish. Whitepapers, web pages, blog posts – someone has to write them all, and that someone could be you! Beginner copywriters in any industry tend to make $52,000 to $62,000 a year with room to double that depending on experience and the available company budget.

Copywriting is a creative art, but there’s a lot of method to the madness – you can learn copywriting for free and then get started by browsing for jobs on Upwork, Freelancer, Indeed, ETHlance, or by googling cryptocurrency jobs and browsing the jobs boards for writing work.

PR and Marketing

This covers many areas in the crypto/blockchain space. There are many jobs available in social media marketing, content marketing, community management, company public relations, and more, all areas in which the free courses on Hubspot can help you develop skills.

Crypto.jobs and Crypto Jobs List are your best bet for finding this kind of work. The average salary for these positions varies – community managers can earn between $70,000 – $100,000 on average. Social media managers have a very large range depending on the company, from $30,000 to $80,000 or higher in some cases. PR has a huge range as well with multiple tiers of seniority – but there’s no full-time job in blockchain that doesn’t have unfilled, high-paying positions available.

Getting Started

First thing’s first – get to know blockchain! It’s imperative that you know the industry. Even if you’re not a coder, you need to be able to explain the way this technology works and what it can do. Develop a portfolio of samples if you’re going to write code or content, even if you have to write it for free.

If you’re working in PR or marketing, best to look for an internship, bounty, volunteer position, or simply email firms and asking how you can help. Choose a specialty, make sure you optimize your LinkedIn so people know you’re into blockchain, and go get yourself a brand new career in the most exciting technology of our time. Good luck!