As the commercial drone industry continues to grow, so does the demand for pilots.
According to recent reports, some 100,000 drone-related jobs will be created over the next two years as companies ramp up their uncrewed operations. Many of those jobs will be pilot jobs, and companies will be looking for qualified operators to work in fields such as farming, mining, law enforcement, construction, insurance, energy, and many others.
These will be good jobs, too. An article posted by the online training site DroneU stated that the median salary for a drone pilot is $82,000, but some pilots can earn more than $100,000. Senior-level pilots can charge more than $74 per hour for their services, while entry-level operators can charge a respectable $41.21 per hour. Among the highest paying fields for drone pilots are mapping and surveying, transportation, and environmental services.
But who will get those jobs? What set of skills and capabilities will impress would-be employers? How can prospective pilots get the training and experience necessary to launch a career in the world of commercial drones?
Commercial UAV News provides a look at what commercial drone pilots need to have, need to know, and need to do to thrive in this vibrant and expanding field.
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