Facebook is Looking for the New Blockchain Talents

December 10, 2018 | AtoZ Markets-Within the past three weeks on their career page, Facebook has listed five blockchain-related vacancies, two of which were first listed Dec. 5 and 6. The company is currently looking for two software engineers, two data scientists, and a product marketing lead. 

New Positions are Technically and Intellectually Challenging

Location for all positions is the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. The blockchain engineer’s position at the Facebook Blockchain Data Engineering team is characterized as “technically” and “intellectually challenging” which “will have a massive global impact.” The most recent role published on the Facebook careers page — Product Marketing Lead for the aforementioned Facebook team — outlines that the team is “fundamental” to the company’s “mission” of problem solving and community building, and specifically in “exploring the opportunity the blockchain will bring.“ While the precise details of Facebook’s planned t blockchain initiatives are not revealed the “Data Scientist, Blockchain” position’s description indicates that company is “exploring areas of interest across all facets of blockchain technology.” “Our ultimate goal is to help billions of people with access to things they don’t have now like equitable financial services, new ways to save, or new ways to share information,” the Facebook officials state. The promotions for the two “Software Engineer, Blockchain” vacancies outline that blockchain specialists joining the Software Engineering team would help to build the “large distributed components that run Facebook,” which need to scale to serve “millions of requests per second,” and to do so “with sub-second latency and in a fault tolerant manner.” Preferred qualifications include “Experience with distributed computing (Hive or Hadoop) and coding experience in a range of languages such as “C, C++, Java, C#, Perl, PHP, Hack and/or Python” (“Software Engineer, Blockchain”). 

Demand Has Grown Together With Earnings

In May, the head of Facebook’s Messenger David Marcus the former board member of major United States crypto exchange Coinbase announced that the company had set up a group “to explore how to best leverage blockchain across Facebook, starting from scratch.” In July, Facebook’s Director of Engineering Evan Cheng joined the blockchain team to fulfill a parallel role dedicated to exploring the technology’s applications. As media reported in October, the average earnings of a blockchain engineer have grown, reaching $150,000-175,000 per year, which is 400 percent higher than in 2017, according to Hired’s 2018 State of Salaries Report. Hired’s report cited demand boosted by the interest of global tech giants such as Facebook, Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft, all of whom are currently advertising for specialists from the emerging sector.

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