Want to Work in the Drone Industry? Here are the Most Popular Drone Jobs in 2020-2021

Most people think flying a drone is just for fun or a recreational hobby. But do you know that you can get a job as a drone pilot?

Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics, drone pilots fall under the job category of Electro-mechanical Technicians. Electro-mechanical technicians operate, test, and maintain unmanned, automated, robotic, or electromechanical equipment.

A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle that flies without any human in it and is remotely controlled.

Drone pilots operate unmanned aircraft systems. Drone pilots can also be called unmanned aerial vehicle pilots, unmanned aircraft pilots, andunmanned aircraft systems operators.

Many drone hobbyists have an extremely high level of expertise regarding systems for autonomous flight. They use this expertise to merge robotics, sensors, and airframe design in an amazing variety of innovative ways. (Scientific American)

Based on 2019 BLS Occupational Handbook Outlook, modified as of September 1, 2020, here are some facts about electro-mechanical technician jobs, which include drone pilots.

  • Median Pay: $58,350 per year or $28.05 per hour
  • Entry-level Education: Associate’s degree
  • Work experience in a related occupation: None
  • No. of jobs in 2019: 14,600
  • Job Outlook for 2019-2029: 3% (as fast as average)

With the growing number of drone applications, many industries today can make use of drones, such as energy, plastics, computer and communications equipment manufacturing, and aerospace, according to the BLS. Drone pilots also work in the military and other government agencies.

Special skills are required to be a drone pilot, some of which are the following:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Electronic and mechanical skills
  • Ability to process information and identify solutions
  • Multitasking skills


Job description

According to an online job board, the main responsibilities of a drone pilot involve controlling and maintaining an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Duties include flying reconnaissance and taking aerial photography and aerial videography.

You may check these available drone positions.

To become a drone pilot, the FAA offers these rules and regulations for you to know.

In order to fly your drone under the FAA‘s Small UAS Rule (Part 107), you must obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA. This certificate demonstrates that you understand the regulations, operating requirements, and procedures for safely flying drones. – Read more here.

The demand for drone pilots is growing, says an article the Drone Pilot Ground School.

The demand for drone services is largely influenced by an escalating demand of surveying, mapping & inspection. Industries such as real estate and infrastructure and media & entertainment have adopted the technology heavily. Plus, there is a significant demand for drone services from several other industries such as law enforcement, agriculture, and industrial among others. Continue to read this article and check out the five full-time as well as contract drone pilot jobs.


About droneologist