The skills you need for a career in blockchain

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Big Four auditing firm KPMG has identified four skills needed for a career in the blockchain-related sector, according to a press release it shared with Cointelegraph.

The firm remarked that more companies would be looking into blockchain technology this year, saying, “Blockchain projects will not succeed or scale without a multifaceted team that goes beyond technologists.”

So, what skills will businesses be looking for? KPMG argues that the successful deployment of blockchain tech depends on professionals with both technology literacy and business acumen.

In the case of business know-how, KPMG suggests firms will be looking for people with a “deep understanding of specific processes in business, which is essential when developing and defining a highly-demanded use case and value proposition for a project.”

And the technical literacy and understanding of how blockchain functions is obviously a key requirement. KPMG also suggests job applicants will need “to understand how to apply that knowledge to a specific use case.”

Data analytics skills are another looked for talent, “in order to understand and apply data derived from a blockchain,” and it adds a “hacker mentality” will be necessary as well, because “teams will need to be open and able to explore and experiment by “hacking the problem” from multiple perspectives.”

Earlier in 2018, KPMG published another survey showing that 48% of C-level executives believe blockchain is likely to change the way they do business in the next three years. Around 41% of respondents said they are likely to use the technology and 23% said blockchain improves business efficiency.

So, if you are thinking about a career in blockchain as it may be used in businesses, now you know what it is that firms will be looking for when creating a team. Blockchain can open up a swathe of new jobs for those who understand it and want to see it implemented — that could be you!

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