Ultimate Guide to Learning Blockchain

By Lauren Stewart
Last Updated April 22, 2020

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So you’ve probably heard that Blockchain is taking over the world, but what is Blockchain? And how can you become a Blockchain developer? In this guide we look at the definition of blockchain, the growth of the blockchain industry, what sort of jobs exist in blockchain, how much you can earn on a blockchain salary, and which skills you’ll learn to become a blockchain developer. Plus, our picks for the best blockchain bootcamps, and coding bootcamps which cover blockchain in their curriculum.

What is Blockchain Development?

A blockchain is a distributed ledger system with immutable data add-only functionality. Essentially, blockchain is a digitized, decentralized, and trustless database. Blockchain is an ‘add-on’ system where the most recent transactions are constantly growing as ‘completed’ blocks, and they are recorded and added in chronological order. The cool thing about using Blockchain is that users can keep track of digital currency transactions without central recordkeeping. So think about it like this – there’s no one single place this digital information is being held, it’s distributed all across the world!

Currently, Blockchain technology is primarily used to verify transactions within digital currencies, but it is possible to digitize, code and insert practically any document into the blockchain. To ensure that the process is secure, when you enter the document, it creates an indelible record that cannot be changed. Then, the record or transaction authenticity can be verified by the entire community using the Blockchain instead of a single centralized authority.

The Blockchain Economy

It’s safe to say that the industry is seeing tremendous growth – here’s what we know:

The market is mainly being driven by mammoth investments made by several startups companies working in the same field, but as time goes on, you can expect that a more crowded market.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency refers to digital or virtual currency used for the buying and selling of goods. Originally, Blockchain was developed as the accounting method for the virtual currency, Bitcoin. But because blockchains are known as distributed ledger technology (DLT) and are seen in a variety of commercial applications today, there are many other cryptocurrencies in the market like Litecoin, Ethereum, Ripple and more.

Other Uses for Blockchain

Blockchain development is not just for cryptocurrency; as the industry has evolved, various fields can utilize blockchain. Some other uses for Blockchain include:

  • Supply Chain Management: streamlining the buying and selling of goods
  • Identity Control: digital passports or online voting
  • Contracts
  • Qualification records

Skills for Blockchain Developers

General skills that make software developers stand out can be transferred to Blockchain developers. Here are a few specific skills that will make Blockchain developers excel in their role, according to IBM:

  • Learn how to drive business outcomes
  • Collaboration and Negotiation Skills
  • Ledger Expertise
  • Understand Blockchain security
  • Be comfortable learning as you go

Wondering where to focus your efforts? Here are some of the top programming languages used in Blockchain development:

  • C++
  • Java
  • Python
  • Simplicity
  • Solidity

And here are some of the top Blockchain Platforms and Systems:

  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Spark Solidity
  • Hyperledger
  • Ripple

Jobs in Blockchain

Since the Blockchain Industry is on the rise, we’re sure job titles in the field will change. Right now, here are some of the top Blockchain job titles:

  • Blockchain Project Manager
  • Blockchain Developer
  • Blockchain Quality Engineer
  • Blockchain Web Designer

Here are some examples of coding bootcamp grads who already work in Blockchain:

Average Salaries for Blockchain Developers

Developing blockchain distributed ledgers for businesses was recently ranked first among the top 20 fastest-growing job skills – and job postings for workers with those skills grew more than 200% last year. Because there are currently only a few qualified candidates with Blockchain knowledge, it’s not surprising that salaries for blockchain positions are typically higher than in other specialized technical areas. Average Blockchain salaries range from $40,000 to $150,000. Here’s a breakdown of average Blockchain developer salaries for established firms and startups:

  • Blockchain Developer: $85k at startups and $110k at established firms
  • Blockchain Management: $40k at startups and $125k at established firms

The Top Blockchain Development Bootcamps

So are you ready to start learning Blockchain? The following courses are designed to give you a primer on the underlying technology and economics behind the cryptocurrency boom. Below you will find a list of specific Blockchain focused bootcamps, and a list of coding bootcamps that incorporate Blockchain into their curriculum.

Blockchain Bootcamps:

1. Acadgild
Length: 12 weeks, part-time
Curriculum: Acadgild’s Blockchain training certification teaches students EVM Architecture, Solidity Codes, and how to write Smart Contracts using Ethereum, Spark Solidity, Truffle, Total Duration and more.
Career Prep: Acagild helps students prepare for their dream job with mock interviews and resume building.
Cost: $1,499
Location: Online

2. Byte Academy
12 weeks, full-time or 12 weeks, part-time
Curriculum: In Byte Academy’s Blockchain Lab, students will create their own cryptocurrency and build their own blockchain. The course covers blockchain platforms, keys and addresses, cryptocurrency, assets and tokenization, smart contracts and development, solidity, dAPPs (decentralized applications), regulatory environment, security, trustless networks and more.
Career Prep: Students get to experience startup guest speaker meetups, hackathons, conferences, workshops, API demos, networking and more.
Cost: $14,950
Location: NYC and Online

3. Lighthouse Labs
12 weeks, part-time
Curriculum: Lighthouse Labs’ Blockchain for Developers bootcamp covers Blockchain, Ethereum, Solidity, Hyperledger, and more while exploring theoretical possibilities and developing solutions ready for a new world of openness and transparency. The course is geared towards experienced software developers.
Career Prep: This course is a mix of readings, in-person lectures, guest speakers, hands-on tutorials, and projects. Students will gain a great professional network.
Cost: $3,500
Location: Toronto

4. Accelerate
Length: 4 weeks, part-time
Curriculum: Accelerate's Blockchain course teaches students the fundamentals of Ethereum and Blockchain, how to understand security concerns in Solidity smart contracts, and develop decentralized applications (dAPPs) including frontend interfaces for interacting with smart contracts.
Career Prep: Students learn in with a practical, hands-on approach in order to be job ready.
Cost: HKD 12,500
Location: Hong Kong

5. V School
12 weeks, part-time
Curriculum: V School’s Blockchain course launches in 2019. As a school that focuses on “human-centered” tech, V School offers students a project-based curriculum, crafted alongside industry experts and hiring partners.
Career Prep: V School is committed to student success and timely job outcomes and provides students with access to lifetime career support, co-working environments, and a community network.
Cost: $5,400
Location: Salt Lake City

6. iXperience

Curriculum: The iX Blockchain for Business course launches in 2019 and blends intense learning, with real-world experience through an internship with a top-tier company, so that students can have practical skills upon entering the workforce. This course covers foundation theory, cryptocurrency basics, Blockchain applications, ADL technologies, crypto trading and more.
Career Prep: Student internships are built around tangible projects, so students finish the course with a portfolio to showcase.
Cost: $6,900
Location: Berlin

7. B9lab
12 weeks, part-time
Curriculum: B9lab teaches Blockchain, Ethereum, Hyperledger Fabric, and more through a bootcamp and a variety of courses. B9lab aims to offer a wide range of different blockchain technologies and does not favor a single technology stack, to provide a balanced, well-rounded educational experience. Students should have one year experience as a developer before applying.
Career Prep: Industry-experienced instructors provide active tutoring with one-on-one, personalized support for professional growth.
Cost: €1450
Location: Online

8. The DEN
Length: 6 weeks, part-time
Curriculum: The DEN (Decentralized Education Nexus)’s course curriculum is developed and refined alongside CEO's, CTO's, and hiring leads within the industry with the goal of producing job-ready applicants. The course covers developing products and building real solutions in a decentralized environment.
Career Prep: The DEN graduates have continued access to portfolio feedback, the Alumni Network, hiring partners, and weekly coding sessions.
Cost: $2,500
Location: Silicon Valley

Coding Bootcamps which cover Blockchain in the curriculum:

  • Hack Reactor Remote teaches Blockchain development in their 12-week, full-time and 24-week, part-time course.
  • Codesmith covers Blockchain development in their software engineering immersive, 12-week, full-time course.
  • The self-paced program at 42, which takes 1 to 5 years to complete, covers Blockchain in the curriculum.

Online Blockchain resources and Intro Courses:

  • 101 Blockchains offers an Enterprise Professional Blockchain Certification online program. 
  • BitDegree offers some paid video tutorials about Blockchain and Solidity.
  • B9lab teaches shorter Blockchain courses for professionals.
  • Destination Dev teaches an Intro to Ethereum Blockchain course.
  • General Assembly hosts a Blockchain workshop.
  • Hack Reactor has a video tutorial covering an introduction to Blockchain.
  • The Blockchain Academy offers a variety of paid online on-demand courses.
  • NetCom Learning offers various workshops in Blockchain development.
  • Udemy provides various short-form Blockchain courses.
  • IBM offers several Blockchain courses.
  • Product School has live online and in-person Blockchain classes.

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About The Author

Lauren is a communications and operations strategist who loves to help others find their idea of success. She is passionate about techonology education, career development, startups, and the arts. Her background includes career/youth development, public affairs, and philanthropy. She is from Richmond, VA and now currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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