Credit card giant VISA is looking for an experienced blockchain engineer with a focus on Ethereum. However its ideal qualification requirements will narrow the field significantly.
VISA’s ad is for a “BlockChain Engineer” at its Product Development & Management section in Foster City, California. The job description is initially broad, working on “emerging technologies” and building proof-of-concepts. It later focuses on developing distributed apps (Dapps).
The company appears specifically interested in an Ethereum blockchain engineer. The exact wording (with grammar and punctuation errors intact) reads:
“We’re seeking a strong developer experienced with Ethereum and blockchain architecture to be a part of team tasked with building distributed application. Our ideal candidate has built and released distributed applications, has worked with the Ripple, R3, Ethereum and/or Bitcoin blockchain, and has experience with Solidity,”
It’s a good sign for Ethereum that a large financial institution like VISA is looking to develop on its platform. While the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance already has plenty of major corporations as members, it’s another win for public blockchains over private.
VISA Wants What Qualifications?
The “qualifications” section is an interesting read. Among the requirements are: a BS in computer science, hands-on blockchain technical experience, and 2+ years of experience with distributed software development.
It also wants “Enjoyment of the wild startup rodeo. Yee haw!” and most curiously of all, “Total Industry experience myst be 8+ years” (sic). As well as all that, it wants someone with “experience in trade finance, equities, payments processing, wholesale credit”.
From the advertisement’s wording, it appears VISA’s HR department at least has little knowledge of blockchain or Ethereum.
“Total industry experience” probably refers to the IT industry rather than Ethereum or even blockchain. Ethereum was proposed in 2013 but only went live in 2015. Bitcoin itself, with the original blockchain, has existed for just over eight years.
All Interested Applicants Should Apply Anyway
Job ads are also notorious for being overly-ambitious with requirements. We’re sure VISA would accept a candidate with fewer years in the industry, but with a thorough understanding of Ethereum.
Asking for a candidate with experience working with Ripple, R3 and/or Bitcoin would also narrow the field considerably. As ZeroHedge put it, “we are confident compensation will be generous”.
Or as one Reddit commentator also noted, “if you have been doing this for 5+ years, you’re probably a millionaire already”.
Anyone with experience in the cryptocurrency industry will tell you many of the developers (and experts) are quite young. Or in any case, too young to have the experience VISA describes. In the end, the company will probably settle for expertise and/or personal marketability.
Our recommendation is that anyone who wants to be a blockchain engineer and receive a big finance salary should have a shot. The blockchain gold rush is not over just yet.
Would you apply for an Ethereum job at VISA? Let us know.
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