- The number of individuals working in the blockchain industry increased by 76 percent year-on-year as of June 2022
- Access to education has rapidly increased in Africa over the last decade, and self-tutoring is as effective as being in a physical class
- There are job boards that focus on the crypto industry, for example, CryptoJobsList, Alliance, and Angelist.
Crypto jobs available for Africans in 2023
The Web3 and blockchain ecosystem is proving to be a game-changer in reducing the rate of unemployment, which has mainly downpressed the youth population, especially in the global south. According to OKX, the number of individuals working in the blockchain industry increased by 76 percent year-on-year as of June 2022. The United States, India and China top the list of countries with the best blockchain talents, revealing the industry’s high rate of demand.
Considering that the crypto world is still experiencing bearish characteristics, the resulting demand for crypto tech specialists can only increase. Africa stands an excellent opportunity to create these talents due to the high youth population and the growing internet speed access in major cities across the globe. Access to education has rapidly increased in Africa over the last decade, and self-tutoring is as effective as learning the same in a physical class.
One of the most effective ways to start the learning journey is to identify a niche. Here are a few job opportunities that youths can learn regarding the crypto ecosystem and turn them into a source of income.
Blockchain/ Smart contract developers
Blockchain development comprises the advanced technical roles in building a smart contract. These experts are among the highest-paid opportunities in the blockchain ecosystem. However, programming skills are critical to acquire this role in the industry. The role demands a good understanding of smart contract programming languages such as C++, Rust, Solidity, Python and SQL. These languages help developers to communicate with databases and build interactive dashboards.
Other skills required in blockchain development include a deeper understanding of cryptography, blockchain architecture, and finance.
A web developer slightly differs from a blockchain developer in that the former develops web applications using a web architect’s products. At the same time, the latter builds applications based on blockchain architecture and protocol. Web development involves writing code for a website’s front and back end to allow users to interact with the created product seamlessly. They are also responsible for maintaining the website and constantly updating it to improve the user experience while ensuring security.
Among the upsides of being a web developer is that the skill is tied to crypto and every working environment in large corporations globally.
Another job opportunity available to Africans in the crypto world is technical writing. Technical writers are responsible for efficiently communicating complex information. Crypto companies often hire technical writers to draft their products’ whitepapers in simple language that is understandable to the target audience.
Africans have proven to be sound technical writers, as revealed by the recently released report of how they assist learners in other parts of the world to excel in their degrees and master’s courses.
For any product to penetrate the African market, the creators need people who better understand how the product can best sell to the local people. Product managers have good communication skills and are widely accepted in their area of operation.
Local product managers (community managers) oversee the product development phase by creating road maps, engagement strategies and schedules.
They handle clients’ queries, demanding them to be well versed with the project details and have good people skills. Several Web3 startups are focused on the African market, and community managers are a priority in their labour allocation portfolio.
Where to get crypto job opportunities
LinkedIn and Indeed are major platforms to look for these jobs if one has the skills mentioned above or any other skills in the crypto industry.
However, there are job boards that focus on the crypto industry, for example, CryptoJobsList, Alliance, and Angelist. Additionally, creators advertise their products on their websites and social media pages. Networking is also helpful for job seekers to open their qualifications to a larger audience. As the saying goes, your network is your net worth.
Among the biggest misconceptions about the above-highlighted jobs is that they are only available to those with background information on the industry. The narrative further states that acquiring this information is not for everyone. However, a task is only as easy as the amount of will one has to achieve the said task. You need to be willing to learn, experiment and implement!