LinkedIn Lists Blockchain As the Top Skill to Have in 2020

Technical skills are almost always at the top of the list for desirable traits in an employee, with some of the most popular of these skills being UX design or video production. That said, the demand for certain skills grow over time as the technological landscape grows and changes, a truth that surprised LinkedIn when they reported their annual list of soft and hard skills that featured blockchain as the top technical skill to have this year. 

Date: 
January 19, 2020
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LinkedIn Lists Blockchain As the Top Skill to Have in 2020

Author: Dylan B
Date: 
January 19, 2020
Read time: 
2 minutes

Technical skills are almost always at the top of the list for desirable traits in an employee, with some of the most popular of these skills being UX design or video production. That said, the demand for certain skills grow over time as the technological landscape grows and changes, a truth that surprised LinkedIn when they reported their annual list of soft and hard skills that featured blockchain as the top technical skill to have this year. 

Technical skills are almost always at the top of the list for desirable traits in an employee, with some of the most popular of these skills being UX design or video production. That said, the demand for certain skills grow over time as the technological landscape grows and changes, a truth that surprised LinkedIn when they reported their annual list of soft and hard skills that featured blockchain as the top technical skill to have this year. 

With this news about the recognition of the many applications of blockchain, the recent market boom that crypto has experienced, and the overall growing interest in the two, we are excited to see what 2020 has in store for crypto and blockchain.

Blockchain managed to surpass some of the most desirable skills in previous years, which included in-demand skills like artificial intelligence, analytical reasoning, and cloud computing. Of course, the list is a recommendation of skills that potential candidates should have, with blockchain being a skill you can incorporate into many others.

According to the published report, LinkedIn conducted this analysis: 

The most in-demand skills were determined by looking at skills that are in high demand relative to their supply. Demand is measured by identifying the skills listed on the LinkedIn profiles of people who are getting hired at the highest rates. Only cities with 100,000 LinkedIn members were included in this evaluation.”

The report features a mix of hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills feature technical skills and knowledge, with skills such as cloud computing, analytical reasoning, artificial intelligence, UX design, and business analysis following closely behind blockchain. The soft skills portion of the report focuses on behaviors and traits that make a great employee, such as creativity, collaboration, and emotional intelligence. 

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As LinkedIn describes in their report, blockchain is such a common skill due to its ability to be applied to a variety of different industries rather than just cryptocurrency models, and it is easy for recruiters to learn so that they can find the right candidates for their organization if blockchain will inevitably become a major focus for the company in the near future. 

As Linkedin writes in their report: 

The promise of blockchain… is huge. Advocates see it as a secure, decentralized, and cost- and time-efficient way to transparently track shipments and transactions of all kinds. The business world... is voting with its jobs, and companies seem to be saying that the potential 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. Blockchain is now being used in industries ranging from shipping to healthcare, from farming and food safety to entertainment and gaming. Blockchain… is the most in-demand skill in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Australia.

With this news about the recognition of the many applications of blockchain, the recent market boom that crypto has experienced, and the overall growing interest in the two, we are excited to see what 2020 has in store for crypto and blockchain.

Posted by Dylan B

Dylan Buckley is a writer based in California. He became interested in cryptocurrency upon discovering it in 2014 and soon started investing as well as writing for a wide variety of clients and crypto-startups in the space. When he is not producing content for individuals and businesses, he is typically working on his own self-development content or making music.

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