As Bitcoin Rebounds Past $16,000, Related Jobs Have Also Surged
Amid growing interest in Bitcoin and its peers this year, with exchange owners CME and CBOE offering Bitcoin futures, Bitcoin- and blockchain-related jobs on LinkedIn have risen roughly 306% in the 12 months ending mid-November. Bitcoin’s price has risen roughly 900% in the same period. (How high will it go in 2018? Read the cover story of our January 2018 issue.)
In the first 11 or so months of 2017, LinkedIn says job postings with Bitcoin in the headline grew to 4,917 listings—a jump of 5,753%. If you can believe it, that figure is higher than even the rise of Bitcoin’s price in the same time frame (more than 3,151%).
“The rise in the value of Bitcoin and other digital currencies over the past 12 months has opened the market up to many retail and institutional investors who were previously sitting on the sidelines,” a representative for the U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase said in a statement. “As the size of the market has grown, Coinbase has added the right people to ensure our platform and customers are properly supported, and we have approximately doubled our headcount in the last year.”
Coinbase now has roughly 200 employees.
Still, not all of of the LinkedIn job postings are directly related to Bitcoin. Some are likely also related to Bitcoin’s underlying technology, the blockchain. Though institutional giants like J.P. Morgan dismiss Bitcoin as an investment, they do find value in the blockchain and its potential application as a store of information for banks, healthcare providers, and even the pork supply chain.