9 Drone Pilot Career Paths

The demand for drone pilots combined with the newly established Part 107 pilot certification has opened up many doors in terms of career opportunities.

So you just got your Part 107 pilot certification, what’s next? How about turning your passion for flying into your next career?

Here are several different drone pilot career paths you can choose from.

1. Aerial Photography & Videography
Are you the creative and artsy type that has a passion for photography? Drone aerial photography gives us a new way of seeing the world from above and capture beautiful sceneries and your unforgettable moments! Because aerial photography is a general scope, you can immerse yourself into a variety of different photography specialties such as sports, travel, weddings, and even more.

2. Real Estate
Are you already a real estate agent? Add drone aerial photography to your real estate to produce optimal marketing and sales tool for real estate agents to showcase their listings to potential clients.

3. Agriculture
Are you an agriculturist or farmer? Aerial imaging and mapping as an efficient way to monitor crops and improve agriculture management. With the captured data, several characteristics of the crops and vegetation can be easily identified in order to improve crop health and development.

4. Archaeology
Do you enjoy digging up evidences from the past and studying historical cultures? By adding drones to archaeological exhibitions, archeologists no longer need to spend their days digging underground. Aerial surveying provides an efficient way to explore and monitor archaeological sites from above.

5. Utility Inspection
Do you have an eye for detail? Many utility companies are using UAVs to quickly and safely inspect various types of infrastructures.

6. Wildlife Management & Conservation
Do you have a love for animals and nature? Join wildlife conservation teams to help protect and manage wildlife from the sky.

7. Public Service Surveillance/ Rescue
Do you have experience in law enforcement, fire fighting, or other public services? Public service agencies can deploy drones to improve their ability to enforce the law, all while saving valuable resources and lives!

8. Education
Is education or teaching a passion of yours? Many colleges and universities are introducing UAS degree programs and opportunities to their curriculum. In addition, flight schools that are already in place that are looking for UAV trainers.

9. Start your own drone business!
By starting your own drone business, you can pick and choose one or even a few of the above to specialize in and incorporate in your company.

Already have or getting your new Commercial Drone Certification (RPIC)? Let us help guide you to building an FAA Part 107 business!

Drones by the Numbers

The number of drones in the air is quickly multiplying day by day!

As the next big thing in technology, drones are becoming more and more popular with each day. The numbers associated with drones are quickly beginning to multiply in the country’s skies. But just how many will there be in the near future?

The Director of the FAA’s drone office, Earl Lawrence, recently made a few statements at the first meeting for the new government-industry drone advisory committee about the numbers of drones and drone pilots in the United States.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Numbers = boring (& even a little scary), and don’t forget about their appalling relationship with math. I totally understand and I’m right there with you, but here are some drone numbers that will blow your mind… In a good way!

• Nine months after the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) created the drone registration system, more than 550,000 UAVs have been registered.

• Lawrence claimed that new registrations are coming in at a rapid rate of 2,000 per day, which is a significant number compared to the 260,165 total manned aircrafts that are currently registered with the FAA.

• The FAA began issuing Part 107 drone pilot licenses less than a month ago. As of September 16th of this year, 13,710 people had applied to take the pilot exam, and out of that number 5,080 had passed it.

• The FAA estimated that there will be 15,000 licensed drone pilots by the end of 2016, but I think that number is too small and that the real figure will go far beyond it.

• The FAA is also forecasting that there will be more than 1.3 million licensed UAV pilots by the year 2020. That is about 85 times the estimate of the 15,000 this year! That is a pretty big leap in only 4 years!

Now, that is a whole lot of drones in the U.S. airspace! And the UAV industry is just going to keep on growing. So join the drone rush, and help continue increasing those numbers!

Already have or getting your new Commercial Drone Certification (RPIC)? Let us help guide you to building an FAA Part 107 business!