Once UAVs are integrated into the Indian airspace system, Millions of new drone-related jobs are estimated in the first three years alone. Here are some frequently asked questions about the nature of these UAV jobs:
Question: So what kinds of jobs are available in the drone industry?
Answer: Many different kinds. Consider that drones need skilled workers to manufacture them, trained operators to pilot them, programmers to coordinate them, and technicians to maintain them. And that’s just the beginning. Other specialists are also required, depending on what a particular drone is to be used for. For example, if a drone is to be used to provide aerial coverage of a televised sporting event, then a camera operator may also be needed. When it comes to UAVs, the variety of drone-related occupations could be as endless as their uses.
Question: What kind of industries will use commercial drones?
Answer: There are many potential uses for drones, a few of them have been listed below:
GIS Topological Survey.
Solar Panel Inspection.
Wild Life Monitoring.
Oil and Gas Exploration.
And so on so forth the fields are many and with the draft regulations being circulated by the DGCA the pre-requisites need to be met to operate these drones. Being prepared for the future before venturing into this sector would be the perfect start to a new career.
Question: What are some specific applications for commercial drones?
Answer: New ways to use UAVs are being discovered on an almost weekly basis. Here are just a few examples of some applications that are being used right now:
Geographic Information Systems: Drone allows GIS professionals much greater flexibility. They can now capture accurate aerial imagery and transform it into 2-D maps or 3-D models of a specific site. Drone-mounted LIDAR can create a precise digital representation of objects, buildings, and the ground itself.
Disaster Management: This is an area where drones are proving invaluable. After a disaster, a UAV can be deployed to quickly gather information. They can be equipped not only with cameras, but radar and possibly other sensor suites to give rescue teams a clearer picture of affected areas. Small drones can also access hard to reach places and provide close-up views, without having to use expensive resources such as helicopters.
Structural Safety Inspections: Inspecting pipelines, oil rigs, power lines, transmission towers, bridges, and wind turbines, can be dangerous work. However, UAVs are making it possible for inspectors to not only see greater levels of detail, but to take thermal readings and detect strain, all without risking life and limb.
Security/Law Enforcement: After precision agriculture, law enforcement is poised to be the second largest market for commercial drones. The BSF already uses UAVs to monitor criminal smugglers and terrorist elements entering our country. Some police departments are using them to photographically document crime scenes and search for missing persons. Police are currently using drones for crowd management in Large Gatherings like Mela's.
Wildlife protection and monitoring: UAVs can provide up-to-date, accurate data on where animals are moving, and environmental factors like deforestation. In Africa, drones are being used to catch and detect poachers.
Question: What kind of qualifications are needed to get a job in the drone industry?
Answer: For all of their enormous potential, drones are just getting started as an industry. Right now, there are very few people who can claim to have experience. These are all from the defence background who have logged hours flown on UAV's and also have certification from the Ministry of Defence through their resepctive arms in the defence services. That’s good news for UAV job seekers looking to get their foot in the door. Employers should be much more willing to hire and (and we are willing to train) drone specialists looking for their first job in the field.
While exact qualifications will always vary from company to company and depending on the needs of each position, it seems likely that job requirements as a whole are only going to become more stringent with time. In this way, people starting a career in the drone industry now, are probably going to have a big advantage over those starting a career even 5 years from now. Our basic requirements to commence training have already been enumerated in the training section.
Question: What kind of education do I need to fly drones for a living?
Answer: It depends. To fly a drone, you will be able to get by with our training module and a training certificate. On the other hand, if your goal is a career as a UAV Systems Engineer, you will need a Technical degree in the subject and we will be able to help you specialise with hands on experience.
Many Indian colleges and universities are now starting to offer UAV education programs. These programs vary greatly in both focus and cost.