Blockchain Coding Languages That Will Get You a Job

Did you know that understanding blockchain can lead to unique job opportunities?

Blockchain companies and subsequent employment positions are skyrocketing in growth. With increased demand comes increased pay too. In fact, blockchain development jobs can often have an average salary over $160,000 – $180,000, according to hackernoon.

In fact, blockchain developer salaries are over 20% higher than other software salaries.

So how do you break into this extremely sought after field?

You start by learning the right programming language.

Read on for a list of the most important programming languages to know to get a job in blockchain development.

This article assumes you’re familiar with basic blockchain terms and how they work. If you need a refresher, check out our beginner’s guide.

The Most Important Programming Language to Blockchain: C++

C++ is an object oriented programming language and the most important to blockchain development.

To give you an idea of how important C++ is, bitcoin’s blockchain was coded in it.

What makes C++ special? Here are a few key aspects:

  • Data and functions are combined together into an object which can be easily called upon by other programs.
  • Complete control over memory and CPU usage. Essential for scalability.
  • Excellent threading capabilities that enable both parallel and non-parallel tasks.

Already feel like you’re over your head? Don’t worry; the gist of it is that C++ is a mandatory language to master if you want to be a blockchain developer.

Interested in Ethereum? You’ll Need to Know JavaScript / Solidity

If you want to be more of an independent developer on a smaller project, you could focus on JavaScript and Solidity.

You use JavaScript and Solidity to program decentralized applications on the Ethereum blockchain. So if you’re more interested in working on an innovative ICO or focusing on a project on the Ethereum network this is the section for you.

The benefit / cost of working on a smaller project are that you stand to be an integral part of something huge. You could be the founder of a technology that revolutionizes an industry in a few years. This comes at the cost however of less job security. At present over 90% of ICOs fail.

Being a part of a small team isn’t for everyone, do a lot of research before joining a small dev company.

It’s important to note that Ethereum is currently struggling with scalability issues. Its network has exceeded its max capacity at times already.

This presents both problems and opportunities. There is currently high demand for developers willing to work on Ethereum’s scalability issues.

However if your plan is to create apps on the Ethereum blockchain, be very aware no one knows when or if these scalability problems will be addressed.

Here are the key features of JavaScript:

  • Like C++, it’s an object-oriented programming language.
  • JavaScript was initially used for web development.
  • JavaScript is a very free form programming language in comparison to others.

After you’ve thoroughly learned JavaScript, you can move on to Solidity. Solidity is a programming language designed to be executed on the Ethereum Virtual Machine. Basically it’s the language you use for Ethereum applications. It’s very similar to JavaScript, which is why you learn JavaScript first.

Go / Golang: Beginner Friendly Coding for Aspiring Blockchain Developers

Go, AKA golang, is a coding language created by Google designed to be simple.

I’ve seen countless programmers enthuse about how easy it is to learn and how it makes programming fun again.

If you’re looking to develop the “spark” that ignites your passion for coding, Golang is the place to start.

While simple, it is powerful enough to be used in blockchain development.

Yes, eventually you’ll want to learn C++ etc. However until that point Golang can be an excellent introduction to coding.

Core attributes:

  • Incredibly easy and intuitive programming language.
  • Simple concurrency programming.
  • Cross platform support (including mobile).

I considered listing Golang first. It’s easy to use and such a good introduction to coding. I remembered though that this is a list of the best coding languages to get a job. At present, knowing Go isn’t as recognized and respected as knowing C++.

For that reason alone, Go is third in this list.

Your future changing ours

There’s no question that a career in blockchain is extremely meaningful. You can choose from a wide variety of projects that could very well disrupt or even invent entire industries.

Blockchains are set to revolutionize everything from the food industry, to oil to healthcare. There isn’t an industry that couldn’t be affected in some way by blockchain technology.

In the coming years, we will see this technology implemented more and more.

A career in blockchain technology now will be similar to starting an internet career in the late nineties. There’s a lot of potential to make a huge difference.

Let’s not forget that you’ll be greatly rewarded for your contributions, and finding a job will be a snap. It’s always great to be in demand.

Finally, a blockchain career can be a moral calling. Many blockchains are attempting to address moral crises we currently face, from slave labor in the food industry to trace-ability of blood diamonds.

If your goal is to change the world for the better, you’re in the right place!

About the Author Will Salisbury

Will Salisbury is the co-founder of Blockchain Decrypted and full-time cryptocurrency trader. He also hosts the Blockchain Decrypted podcast, and when he's not talking or writing about blockchain technology and cryptos, he likes to play games and relax in his home state of Michigan.