These companies are looking for blockchain experts to help develop and implement the technology, and with the average US blockchain developer salary starting at $130,000, students are calling for universities to provide more blockchain educations and courses to keep up with the job market. There have also been reports of an increase in crypto and blockchain jobs.
Small steps have been made to fill this need. Currently MouseBelt blockchain accelerator work with 70 + student blockchain organisations however only a third have access to courses on university campuses. Even though some large universities have blockchain education such as Indiana University the courses and students receive little funding and attention from administrators.
As more and more students call for education organisations are attempting to meet demands. The University of California has launched an initiative to support student blockchain innovation on campuses. IBM is working with Columbia University on blockchain accelerators and Portland State is offering an online business blockchain qualification.
Not only are educational organisations stepping up but the blockchain industry is making educational provisions as well.
Thirteen large crypto projects have come together to launch The Blockchain Education Alliance. The alliance has the goal of providing university students with the connections and knowledge needed to get involved with the blockchain workforce. Alongside this, a recruitment firm was launched to connect blockchain projects to up and coming talent.
As recognition in 2019 picks up and students continue to call for more education 2020 has the potential of leading to more recognition and funding for blockchain in universities. The system will need to provide accredited courses with specialised degrees. To achieve this, collaboration among researchers and entrepreneurial organizations will be required.
It is also likely the education will be international as blockchain and crypto hotspots have arisen in major cities where projects will require blockchain experts. Existing industries that adopt the technology will also require employees with blockchain knowledge in a number of international sectors such as mobile, agriculture, and energy.
2019 has set the wheels in motion for blockchain courses. With education facilities and blockchain initiatives working together to gain recognition, funding, and structure the outlook for blockchain education in 2020 is bright.
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