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.
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.
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!
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.