Blockchain-Engineers Wanted: An Empirical Analysis on Required Skills, Education and Experience

Mohamad Kassab, Giuseppe Destefanis, Joanna Defranco, Prince Pranav

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Abstract

There is an indisputable industrial need for highly skilled individuals in the role of blockchain engineers. However, little is known about the typology of activities which fall under the blockchain engineers' responsibilities and the competencies and experiences sought from employers' perspectives. To shed light about the main characteristics of the new roles available in the market, we built and analyzed a dataset of 400 job ads related to software blockchain engineering and development roles in the U.S.. We performed a thorough analysis conducted to find the industrial demand for competencies related to the blockchain engineer role in terms of (i) level of education, training, and experience; (ii) blockchain-related development skills; (iii) technical skills; and (iv) soft-skills. Relevant correlated skills that may influence shaping the profile of the blockchain engineers were also analyzed. We conclude that a new 'blockchain engineer' role is shaping up, and that specific skills, educational background, and experience are requested from the job market.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE/ACM 4th International Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Engineering for Blockchain, WETSEB 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages49-55
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781665445672
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021
Event4th IEEE/ACM International Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Engineering for Blockchain, WETSEB 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: May 31 2021 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2021 IEEE/ACM 4th International Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Engineering for Blockchain, WETSEB 2021

Conference

Conference4th IEEE/ACM International Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Engineering for Blockchain, WETSEB 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period5/31/21 → …

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Software
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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