A lot of professions, which today are considered ordinary, some 10-20 years ago, did not exist at all. For example, video blogger, brand manager, manager of crowdfunding platforms, UX-designer, content manager, etc. There has been no need for all these workers relatively recent, but today all of them can earn impressive fees.
Let’s talk about the professional branch of the future, which is only now emerging, and in the coming years will become one of the most demanded in the labor market – the blockchain technology. How to succeed in this industry?
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- Why is blockchain technology a future?
- List of places where you can get education in this area
The topic of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology, in general, is quite debatable now. This industry shows impressive growth dynamics. This is not surprising, because this technology “promises” in the future to make a revolution in virtually all industries known to man. The sphere of finance and cryptocurrency is just the tip of a huge iceberg. With the help of this technology, it is possible to significantly improve the efficiency of many processes, remove unnecessary intermediaries from the chain of interaction between people and, accordingly, significantly reduce costs. It is also possible to protect information, eradicate corruption, remove paperwork and much more.
In the last 3 years, the market has been showing a tendency to increase the demand for good specialists in this field. Not only large companies (like Telegram) can launch their projects, the market also has many startuppers who are able to conduct a fairly successful ICO and create a really high-quality product based on blockchain technology. But so far, the demand for such professionals is significantly higher than supply. For this reason, the world’s leading universities have developed various training programs for blockchain technologies. Let’s take a closer look at this list.
Stanford University. USA
Stanford-based professor Dan Boneh, 3 years ago, founded a course on the basics of cryptography and blockchain technology. It is worth noting that Dan does not take fees from his students and distributes this valuable information absolutely free of charge. The first stream was recorded only 100 people, today about 1 million people have enrolled in this course.
In order to be eligible for training, it is not necessary to have even basic knowledge in this field, but for better understanding of information, the professor recommends that you first familiarize yourself with the basics of Python and Unix.
During this course students study:
- the structure of smart contracts;
- consensus building systems;
- the main aspects of crypto conversions.
The University of Nicosia, Cyprus
This is the only place on the planet where you can get a master’s degree in the field of cryptocurrency. Training is divided into two parts:
- The first is a free online course, which consists of 12 lectures. Here you can get acquainted with the basics of digital currencies. The teaching staff is quite professional; well-known people in the industry, Antonis Polemitis and Andreas Antonopoulos (author of many books, including “Mastering Bitcoin”) are conducting blockchain training.
- The second one is directly training itself, which immerses students in the jungle of digital currencies. The price of the course is slightly more than 12 thousand euros.
Princeton University, USA
For 11 weeks in Princeton, you can get a basic knowledge of the work principles of the most popular coin – BTC. The course includes 12 lectures in the recording and 11 presentation tables. All this is absolutely free. By the way, the course materials were recorded in 2015, but most of it is relevant to this day.
Duke University, USA
At Duke University, you can sign up for an absolutely free course, which is conducted not only by professors and teachers, but also by gifted and experienced students. Training takes place every Monday. Various events, talks, seminars, etc. are held.
The University of Cumbria, United Kingdom
This university has launched a free online course, in which students are immersed in the subject of future finance. This blockchain course tells how money has changed over the course of its history, how it adjusted to the actual needs of humanity and what it will be in the near future.
Cryptocurrencies and the technology of blockchain are no longer a subject for discussion of a handful of geeks. In 2018, the vector of human development is already very clear. The demand for technology is confirmed by the courses in this field organized by the leading educational institutions of the world, as well as by the huge demand for specialists in the labor market. It is not too late to get a profession in the future, which will be relevant for at least 10-20 years.
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