The demand for blockchain within businesses has grown rapidly over the last few years, meaning the opportunity to learn about the technology has experienced massive growth too.
There’s now a huge demand for professionals who know all about blockchain. Because of this, business schools, universities, and online learning platforms are rushing to launch their own courses on cryptocurrencies and blockchain.
Some of the courses being created allow dedicated people to grow from a blockchain newbie to a developer in a matter of weeks.
“This is moving much faster than people expected. Business schools will have no choice but to update curriculums,” states David Yermack, a professor of finance and business transformation at the New York University Stern School.
Yermack started teaching one of the first blockchain and cryptocurrency courses in the school’s curriculum back in 2014. Since then, the number of students on blockchain courses just keeps growing. With more than double the number of students than the previous year, this year they’ve had 230 students sign up for their blockchain courses. He also states: “We had to move to the biggest auditorium in the school, so we would not have any limits. The growth is exponential.”
US-based crypto exchange Coinbase has released a survey revealing that 42% of the world’s top 50 universities have included at least one crypto or blockchain course in their curriculum.
Coinbase adds “There are also plenty of options for people not currently enrolled at a university to learn more about crypto. Online learning sites like Udemy, Coursera, edX, and Udacity offer hundreds of courses, including general lessons in foundational cryptography and more specialised classes on blockchain and cryptocurrency.”
The growth of blockchain courses is also causing a rapid evolution of skills. In the US, Upwork.com reports that blockchain is the fastest growing skill recruiters are looking for.
“Blockchain topped the list as the fastest-growing skill in Q2 of 2018 out of more than 5,000 on Upwork.com for the second consecutive quarter,” the recruitment firm from California say on their website. “Its year-over-year growth has exceeded 2,000% for the past four quarters, and it experienced more than 3,500% year-over-year growth in Q2.”
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Glassdoor.com lists more than 2,700 blockchain-related jobs. Because of this, talent is needed to lead the way for the companies delving into blockchain. This can only happen if courses are developed and updated regularly. After all, blockchain technology is still growing.