Guest Post was written by Sean Mortberg, an aspiring tech writer and a student at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.
Since 2013, the prevalence of cryptocurrency trading and wallet ownership has skyrocketed, with 2017 wallet ownership estimated to be between 2.9 and 5.8 million people. With the uptick in popularity of investing in Bitcoin and innovative blockchain startups comes a new and ever-growing job market. Between 2016 and 2017, Indeed listings for careers in crypto increased by 207%, and show no sign of slowing down.
California, the home of Silicon Valley, holds 29.3% of all U.S. crypto job offerings. This does not impede remote workers and freelancers, who make up 15.4% of crypto jobs. Remote work in the field is abundant when compared to the national average of 2.9% for total remote jobs. Compared to other fields, crypto is 5.3 times more likely to offer remote work. A useful resource for a largely remote workforce to use are online job sites geared towards freelancers. These include AngelList, Upwork, and Crypto Jobs List
While almost three-quarters of crypto careers are on the technical side, including engineers, the field contains many other opportunities for creative and business-minded people to capitalize on. From content marketing and tech writing to business development, crypto has a little something for every skilled worker.
Salaries in the field are also a great benefit, with developer positions starting anywhere from $80,000 to $90,000 and blockchain community relations experts starting in the $50,000 range. Due to the culture surrounding cryptocurrency and the ways ICOs and startups market themselves, there are even new positions for those familiar with internet culture. Meme specialist, one new position offered by the Estonian blockchain firm ECOS, requires 10 years of online meme creation experience and 7 years of cryptocurrency experience and pays a starting salary of approximately $48,000.
Learn more about jobs in crypto with the infographic below, provided by CoinList.