How Do You Become a Blockchain Developer?

Blockchain technology is poised to revolutionize the way the digital world handles data and does business. Originally created as a platform for supporting Bitcoin, Blockchain is demonstrating a level of versatility and security that has made many sectors of business and government take notice and begin putting it to their own use.

With that in mind, it makes sense that if you want to jump into a career that has a lot of potential for growth, featuring a dynamic new technology that’s just getting started, then you should consider becoming a Blockchain developer.

If this prospect intrigues you, and you want to know how to become a Blockchain developer, then read on and find out all you need to know about this exciting and intriguing profession.

What Does a Blockchain Developer Do?

The wise yet short answer to this is: a Blockchain developer develops Blockchains! Well that, was easy!

Now that we got that out of our system, let’s take a serious look at what a Blockchain developer does. In order to best answer this question, we first need to establish that there are actually two different types of Blockchain developers; there’s the Core Blockchain Developer, and the Blockchain Software Developer. Call them sub-divisions of Blockchain development.

A Core Blockchain Developer designs the security and the architecture of the proposed Blockchain system. In essence, the Core Blockchain Developer creates the foundation upon which others will then build upon.

What “others” are we referring to? That would be the Blockchain Software Developers of course, who use the core web architecture built by the Developer in order to create apps, specifically the decentralized (dapps) and web varieties.

Perhaps there may be situations where the same person fulfils both roles; most likely in cases where the business is small and people traditionally wear more than one hat. Whatever the case, the everyday responsibilities and roles of the Blockchain developer are: 

  • Design the Blockchain protocols
  • Design the network architecture that can be used for the centralizing and/or decentralizing the data
  • Backend development according to the Blockchain protocols
  • Developing front-end designs according to client requirements
  • Developing and monitoring any smart contracts

The Blockchain developer’s responsibility is to develop innovative solutions to challenging problems, including solutions for command and control, and high integrity. The developer also performs complex analysis, design, development, testing, and computer software debugging, specifically for distinct product hardware or for technical service lines of businesses. Develops perform software design, operating architecture integration, and computer system selection. Finally, they operate on multiple systems and apply knowledge of one or more platforms and programming languages.

Of course, there are obstacles awaiting the Blockchain developer. For instance, the developer has to work with legacy infrastructure and its limitations, while still meeting the expectations inherent in a Blockchain development project. In addition, there are the challenges of understanding the technical practicality of implementing decentralized cryptosystems, processes that fall outside of the traditional IT development skill-set, which means a Blockchain developer needs specialized skills.

How Does One Become a Blockchain Developer?

So after all of that, the questions presents itself: with all of these responsibilities, how does one train someone with the necessary skills to let them rise to the challenge of Blockchain development? There are two different situations at work here. There are the Blockchain hopefuls who are starting completely from scratch, having no background in programming whatsoever, and those who have experience in careers that share similarities with Blockchain.

What Kind of Mindset Do You Need to Become a Blockchain Developer?

Before we dive into those two different types of people aspiring to become Blockchain developers, it may help to familiarize ourselves with the kind of mindsets that are best suited for Blockchain developers. After all, the unique challenges of Blockchain development require a certain unique way of thinking.

Whenever you hear the word “hacker” spoken aloud, it’s not usually in a positive light; no self-respecting business wants anything to do with hackers (well, except for ethical hackers, but that’s a different story for a different time). However, it’s precisely the hacker mentality that helps make good Blockchain developers. That’s because hackers tend to think outside the box when faced with problems and obstacles, rather than engage in conventional thinking.

Furthermore, a good Blockchain developer works well with a team and can collaborate. On a related point, the ideal Blockchain developer knows when to ask for help with a problem and when to simply keep plugging away by themselves until they arrive at the answer.

So the best candidate for Blockchain development works well with others, knows his or her limitations, and can approach problems in an unconventional fashion.

For Those Who Are Completely New to Programming and Development

If you’re someone who wants to become a Blockchain developer but has no related skills or experience to build a foundation on, then frankly, the road is going to be a little tougher for you and will require more work and dedication.

Fortunately, there is hope! Here are some steps that anyone coming from such a place, but yet is interested in a Blockchain developer career can take.

  • Learn why Blockchain was needed in the first place. The story of Blockchain is the story of Bitcoin, as the latter is the reason that the former exists. Blockchain was designed as a platform for Bitcoin, allowing it to become a reality. To this end, an aspiring Blockchain developer should become familiar with Bitcoin, including actually purchasing some cryptocurrency in order to get one’s feet wet. Additionally, check out Bitcoin forums featured on Reddit, stay current on Blockchain news on Coindesk, and take a glance at some cryptocurrency vlogs on YouTube. Any research you can do, any immersion in the world of cryptocurrency you can manage, will be to your advantage.
  • Learn about Blockchain developing. As silly as their names sound, CryptoZombies and Space Doggos are courses that help you learn Solidity Code, which in turn is the code used in writing smart contracts, putting you on the right path to mastering Blockchain development. Space Doggos is particularly useful, as you use actual Solidity code in designing your space dog. These are fun and entertaining ways of getting a grasp on Blockchain’s development, and possibly a bit less intimidating.
  • Have a grasp on different programming languages. A good Blockchain developer needs to be comfortable with a selection of programming languages. For instance, C++, SQL, JavaScript, and Python languages are good examples. If you are already proficient in a couple of them, then great!
  • Take Blockchain Developer courses. When it comes to acquiring relevant marketable skills, there’s nothing as good as taking courses through an accredited training provider. Keep reading; there is more about this later.

Transitioning to Blockchain Developer From a Similar Career

Upskilling is the process of teaching an employee new skills. This process is particularly useful when it comes to creating new Blockchain developers from other, similar positions in the business. Some companies, keenly aware of the growing importance of the Blockchain technology, will upskill certain employees, empowering them to handle the new tech.

If you are someone who’s working at a business that pays for your upskilling costs and wants to put you in a position of Blockchain developer, remember that you will be obliged to stay with that company for at least a certain period of time. After all, businesses aren’t in the habit of paying from employees’ training, only to make them more marketable elsewhere!

Here’s the Next Step…

If the prospect of getting in on the ground floor of this exciting new innovation appeals to you, then you may wonder what the next step is. Fortunately, Simplilearn has you covered by offering their Blockchain Certification Training Course.

Simplilearn’s Blockchain Certification Training has been designed for developers who want to decipher the global craze surrounding Blockchain, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. You’ll learn the core structure and technical mechanisms of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Hyperledger and Multichain Blockchain platforms, use the latest tools to build Blockchain applications, set up your own private Blockchain, deploy smart contracts on Ethereum and gain practical experience with real-world projects.

Whether you’re learning on your own or receiving upskilling from your place of employment, Simplilearn has the means best suited for your situation, offering their Online Classroom Flexi-Pass or their Corporate Training solution, respectively. Whichever the method, you will benefit from 32 hours of instructor-led training, over 50 hands-on exercises using Blockchain technology, nine practical projects covering Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Hyperledger, and 24 x7 assistance and support.

It should be mentioned that the Corporate Training solution is ideal for businesses that want to upskill chosen employees, and make them into Blockchain developers. 

Once you complete the course, you will have certification in Blockchain development, and be ready to take on the new challenges of this exciting technology. Simplilearn stands ready to be a valuable resource for you to not only become a Blockchain developer, but also to provide additional training and skills in related topics such as DevOps, Software Development, and Cloud Computing. In fact, if you recall the earlier mention of ethical hackers, you’ll be happy to know that Simplilearn even offers a training course in Certified Ethical Hacker v10.

Check out Simplilearn and get started on a new, rewarding, and profitable career!

About the Author

John TerraJohn Terra

John Terra lives in Nashua, New Hampshire and has been writing freelance since 1986. Besides his volume of work in the gaming industry, he has written articles for Inc.Magazine and Computer Shopper, as well as software reviews for ZDNet. More recently, he has done extensive work as a professional blogger. His hobbies include running, gaming, and consuming craft beers. His refrigerator is Wi-Fi compliant.

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