The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) published an economic impact report last year focused on mapping the estimated job and economic potential of regulation that allowed integration of unmanned aircraft into the US airspace. In total, the estimate was a potential for 100,000 US jobs by 2025.
Terri Griffith, professor at Santa Clara University, published her thoughts last week on whether the growth in drone related activity already represents a viable job market. After all, Amazon has already started hiring for their Prime Air team with eight current positions listed for the Seattle area.
She points out that:
- Some areas of expertise transfer directly from existing career paths but the technology will open new areas of opportunity.
- Degree programs are already in place at some universities, allowing specialization in this branch of aviation (see links in the blog post).
- Law firms are setting up new practices in anticipation of growth in legal questions.
- The industry is not pegged to be male dominated and that the market offers a “wide open opportunity for women”.
A new chapter in aviation is opening up with opportunities for job seekers and entrepreneurs alike. (And in space too: SpaceX alone is looking for several hundred people.)