Why You Should Become a Blockchain Developer in 2021
Start building decentralized applications and dive into the technology that will be “a true agent of change”
Being a developer is a journey of continuous learning. Getting into new languages, frameworks, and tools is quite essential for the job. Right now, many new exciting technologies like AI or IoT are emerging and gaining momentum. The question is: What should you focus on this year?
In my opinion, Blockchain is a very good choice. It will impact the internet, the economy, and society in the next years. It is rewarding on multiple levels. Within the next years, it will bring up innovative solutions with real impact and benefits for the economy and society.
“While blockchain was once classified as a technology experiment, it now represents a true agent of change” — Deloitte’s 2020 Global Blockchain Survey
What actually are blockchain applications?
A blockchain is a decentralized network that functions as a public database, a growing list of immutable records. As a Blockchain Application Developer, you build decentralized applications (dApps) on a blockchain combining smart contracts and front-end user interfaces. Smart contracts are like APIs to the Blockchain.
1. Build a Top Skill
Blockchain entered LinkedIn’s Top Skill list last year for the first time and topped in right away, as the #1 most in-demand hard skill for 2020. This goes along with rising salary prospects for Blockchain jobs:
“Salaries for the blockchain world are substantially higher than those in corresponding positions with conventional employers” — Salaries for blockchain specialists in 2020
2. Develop for the Web3
The internet as we know it today is broken. The original idea of the transparent, user-focused internet is long gone. We do not own our data. Power and control are centralized in the hands of a few tech giants, in particular Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon (GAFA).
“Over time, the best entrepreneurs, developers, and investors have become wary of building on top of centralized platforms.” — Why Decentralization Matters
But a new internet is emerging, it is called Web3.
With blockchain as its backbone, it is a truly decentralized internet. It establishes a new layer of trust, without the need for central institutions. Users will be in full control of their personal data, accounts, and transactions.
Payment is natively built into the blockchain and there is no need to provide personal data for payments. Users can also exchange other digital assets without third-party institutions. Digital ownership and digital identity finally become reality.
3. Drive Impact
The most exciting projects are those that drive real impact. As a developer, you have the possibility to build products that matter. You can build digital solutions that tackle problems like climate change and social injustice.
“For the United Nations to deliver better on our mandate in the digital age, we need to embrace technologies like blockchain that can help accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.” — UN secretary-general António Guterres
Blockchain has the potential to help us solve some of our most pressing global challenges. It is not a silver bullet, but it brings definitely transformative solutions to the table.
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Build products that matter. Be part of the change. Become a Blockchain developer this year.