A few hours ago, a Redditor posted a question about the date for Ethereum Classic’s full compatibility to IoT. To this, Igor Artomonov, an ETC developer, stated that they had pushed it to next year, as they conceptualize the whole issue and also look for good IoT engineers. Here is the actual reply from Igor.
“That was part of initial plan of ETCDEV development for year 2018, it was mentioned about a year ago. Some time later, I think in the beginning of 2018, it was moved to 2019. In July 2018 ETCDEV team had a lot of discussions around this topic, there are many things which are still unclear, not only on our side, but on IoT side itself, as it very broad topic and technology is just forming. So it seems that pushing it for later, as we need more defined goals, and, most important, find a IoT vendor interested in our technology. Another thing that slowing us down, is that we still unable to find good engineers to work on IoT side of our project. We just recently got 2 developers to work on SputnikVM, but it will be general optimizations, and we’ll need people for IoT direction as well. If you know a good Rust developer with IoT experience, let us know.”
But Ethereum Classic (ETC) is not the only project that is facing scarcity when it comes to blockchain related manpower. The number of developers who understand blockchain is quite low. According to an article on blockchain jobs titled, Blockchain jobs by the numbers: 11 notable stats, there is a huge scarcity of blockchain developers, though this situation will change over time. To quote the author,
“Checking in on the blockchain-related job market also reveals a story of scarcity: Not so much of the jobs themselves, which seem likely to grow in number in the coming months and years, but in talent.”
This stems from the fact that blockchain is a relatively new concept, and is yet to be understood by many. At the moment it is dominated by top computer scientists and mathematicians, who are already billionaires and multi-millionaires thanks to their understanding of this technology. However, as the industry grows the need for more talent will grow too, as can be seen with the case of Ethereum Classic (ETC) and its search for IoT engineers.
A massive opportunity
For college students and those about to join college, this could be an opportunity to take a shot at a career that could easily pay 6 to 7 figures annually. The opportunity is made even sweeter by the fact that blockchain is still in its infancy, and most projects are still in the growth phase. This means that, if you acquire the right skills fast enough, you could grow with the Googles’ and Facebooks’ of the future, only this time, it’s in a decentralized environment. The future is just getting started for those who believe in themselves enough to take a chance at this phenomenon that will transform life as we know it for decades to come.