If you’re looking for a new and innovative way to start a business or earn a better wage, then the chances are that you couldn’t have failed to notice how drones have whizzed in and taken over the job market; however, to really immerse yourself in the drone industry, you will need to be qualified and invest a certain amount of money from the get go.
What qualifications do you need to pilot a drone professionally?
Recreation flying of UAV’s requires nothing more than some common sense and knowledge of where you can and cannot fly your drone, but to fly one professionally, the FAA requires all pilots to have a ‘Remote Pilot Airman Certificate’. If you’re going to be flying a drone that weighs more than 0.55 lbs, you must also register it with the FAA.
What skills will you need to become a successful drone pilot?
It seems a little obvious, but you will need to fly your drone well. You’ll need to learn exactly how it behaves under a whole host of conditions, and know its limits, too. Drones with in built cameras vary greatly from those designed for racing or surveying for example, and you will need to master how to fly yours down to a T.
What are the basic investment costs?
You’ll be looking at spending $150 for the pilots’ license and a meagre $5 to register a drone.
How best to start off if you want to get yourself noticed in the drone photography and video market:
For a career in the photography and filming drone industry, simply start by shooting lots of videos and capturing images. Experiment with different styles of filming and snapping shots, and don’t be afraid to use non-conventional methods, since these are what are most likely to help you stand out from the crowd.
There are often opportunities to enter competitions with your drone and win prizes for your videos or images. If you’re thinking about entering your work into a festival – which are rare, it must be said – you will need to produce some outstanding photo’s or videos, since you’ll be up against the very best in the industry.
You may be able to grab some freelance filming assignments, and some websites showcasing drone videos and footage, have a tip button and donation facility.
Flying a drone commercially:
There are multiple ways in which you can begin a commercial career in the drone industry, from delivering packages for big companies like Amazon, to scanning farms for increased crop yield or surveying land and property for engineering companies. Drones are being used in many innovative ways, and since technology is increasing at a rate of knots, the future looks rosy for commercial and industrial drones.
What jobs in the drone industry can make you the most money?
Those drone pilots earning the biggest money are often ex-helicopter pilots with years of flying experience, but depending upon the role, novice pilots may still make a tidy income from weekend gigs or contract work. Websites showcasing paid drone opportunities are a great source of information, and some pilots can earn as much as $7,000 per job.
One other drone freelancing opportunity is within the real estate industry, where camera drones are being used to film real estate videos for the residential sales market, and payouts of up to $70,000 are possible depending upon how experienced you are as a pilot and your level of expertise.
A career in the fast paced and ever developing drone industry, may be one way of ensuring that you stay up to date with the modern job market, and if you are serious about such a career, then there are no short cuts, you must simply practice, practice, practice. Hone your skills and see where your drone can take you!