The Good and the Bad Impact of the Pandemic on Drone Industry Jobs

The pandemic has brought to the fore the usefulness of drones making them heroes in these crucial times. Drones have been used to help deliver medical goods and other essentials, assist the police in reminding people of the need for social distancing, among other things.

See Top Uses of Drones in the Time of Covid-19 Pandemicand alsoTop 3 Things Drones Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Yet, just as in other industries, the drone industry has taken a hit in terms of jobs.

Privately held drone maker General Atomics, of San Diego, is laying off approximately 630 of its roughly 10,000 employees. “General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. can confirm a reduction in force involving 6% of its workforce,” a spokesperson wrote in an email to Defense News late Wednesday. “This reduction was made to balance resources with customer requirements.” – Read full story.

Global leader DJI has also reduced the number of jobs in several areas.

Chinese drone giant SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd has been making sweeping cuts to its global sales and marketing teams as it faces coronavirus headwinds and mounting political pressure in key markets, current and former staff told Reuters. – Read full story.  

On the other hand, new drone-based jobs are in the offing.

Earlier this summer, Aquiline Drones (AD) launched a new employment initiative called Flight to the Future (F2F) to help pilots and the general public re-boot their careers by becoming certified commercial drone operators. This is to fulfill the increasing demand for commercial drone services nationwide. – Read more here.

Specific positions being filled at Aquiline Drones include Chief Financial Officer, Chief Revenue Officer, Chief Information Officer, Human Resource Manager, Customer Service Representatives, Administrative Assistants, Receptionist, Warehouse Manager, Quality Assurance Inspectors, Drone Assemblers, Software Integrators, Testing & Quality Assurance Professionals, Packaging Professionals and Production Assistant, according to a report by the American Surveyor.

Due to this positive jobs outlook, the drone industry is poised to welcome those coming from the aviation industry that have been laid off.

With mass layoffs at US air carriers expected this fall, airline pilots like MichelleBishop are anticipating the unwelcome reality that pilots like herself may soon be left without stable work. […]One opportunity piqued her interest: Piloting drones. – Read more here.


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