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Drone Pilot Jobs. Drone Related Careers. UAV Operator Salaries.

September 22, 2019


Hello, my name is Ben Lovegrove and in this
video I’m going to explore the opportunities that have emerged for drone pilots and anyone
else looking for a career in the world of unmanned aviation. If you’re a recently qualified drone pilot,
or if you have ambitions to become one, or if you’re just interested in UAV related
careers then watch this video to the end and it will give you some idea of current job
prospects and career development opportunities. I’ll look briefly at current drone pilot
jobs, related careers, and the salaries on offer. In other videos I have described several aspects
of running your own UAV based business so if you’re interested in self-employment
then check out my channel and playlists: https://www.youtube.com/c/BenLovegrove So let’s get started. We are now in the Drone Age and hardly a week
goes by without some announcement of new developments in UAV technology. As with all technological
advances there is a need for skilled personnel to fill vacancies created by the expansion. With a little planning and the right training
drone pilots and others can look forward to varied and rewarding careers within an exciting
industry. As anyone who has taken the first steps into
the world of unmanned aviation knows, drones can be put to all kinds of uses. There is the obvious task of aerial photography
and cinematography, and there’s also mapping, modelling, inspections, and thermal imagery
to name a few. Check out my video “What Are Drones Used
For? 31 Uses For Flying Drones and UAV” for more examples. In the comments section
underneath the video people have suggested even more uses. Drone Related Careers There’s more to the Drone Age than just
piloting drones. Drone related careers include those who design,
build, customise, and maintain UAV of all shapes and sizes. Engineers might specialise in the airframes,
working with new materials that provide extra strength & improved aerodynamics, along with
3D printing. While we’re on the subject of engineers
it’s worth also mentioning the crossover between unmanned and manned aviation. Who will design the most successful unmanned
aircraft capable of carrying passengers? Will it be drone engineers who started their
careers on nano drones or Small UAS and ended up designing large UAVs? Or will it be aerospace engineers who began
designing conventional manned aircraft and migrated into unmanned aircraft. There are software engineers who develop the
operating systems and apps in both the UAV itself and its controller, or who specialise
in AI and FPV. Software developers are also required to solve
the problem of how to track drones and how to maintain separation between them and other
aircraft types. There are the manufacturers, wholesalers,
and retailers who keep the industry supplied with hardware and spares. There are the training companies who, with
the approval of their national aviation authority, train pilots to fly remotely piloted aircraft
to a minimum standard of competence. And we should also mention those who promote
the industry by creating trade associations and networks providing marketing, mentoring,
and support. Companies like Drone Major Group, the world’s
first global commercial organisation for the drone industry. Use the link in the description
below to register for a free account either as a supplier of UAV related services or as
a drone pilot. By registering for a free account (with optional
upgrades and additional privileges) you can use the site to network with others and to
make valuable contacts in your chosen field. These and other similar regional trade associations
like ARPAS-UK (Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems UK) require support staff
skilled in administration, PR, marketing, and event management. Drone Pilot Salaries As with any other industry, drone pilot salaries
are commensurate with skills and experience and there is likely to be a wide variation
in pay. Recently qualified pilots with fresh certificates
that allow them to fly, for example, a DJI Inspire for commercial purposes can expect
starting salaries in the region of £25,000 GBP ($34,000 USD, $44,000 AUD) at the time
of writing (Summer, 2018). On the other hand, ex-military UAV Operators with years of experience
operating large and medium sized UAV might earn three times that amount. As with many industries the high earners are
those who are a specialists with rare skills and who provide high productivity and flexibility. For drone pilots this might mean not only
having the right technical skills but also being willing to operate UAV whenever the
light and weather allows. That is likely to be from early in the morning
to late in the evening in summer months, and on weekends when weekday flying is cancelled
due to adverse weather. Drone Engineers who design, build, program,
and test new drones could earn much more than pilots. Salaries in excess of $100,000 USD have been
quoted but I’ve been unable to verify them. Perhaps if you have inside information on
salary levels you could add a comment below this video. Just like the IT industry, salaries within
the drone industry are hard to pin down as there are many variables. Aside from the candidate’s
skills and experience there is the size and profitability of the company itself. A startup drone company might offer lower
salaries with share options. If it becomes a success then this could be worth far more
than a higher starting salary with no share options. Wherever you fit into the Drone Age
I wish you well with your career. Thanks for watching. I hope you found this
video of interest. Please subscribe to my channel for more videos like this. Don’t forget to like and share the video
with those who might also be curious.

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