Drone piloting tipped to take off

Courtesy The Land

THE next big career in agriculture could be unmanned vehicle (UV) piloting.

That’s the opinion of John Minor, provost of the Arizona-based Unmanned Vehicle University.

The Unmanned Vehicle University is the only university in the world that is licensed to offer graduate degree programs in unmanned systems, engineering and project management certificates in unmanned systems technology.

US-based Precision Farming Dealer reports that Mr Minor believes the budding UV industry will create a wealth of career opportunities, and he has some facts to back his claim.

According to the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest non-profit organisation devoted to the advancement of the unmanned systems and robotics communities, the rapid adoption of drones in a wide variety of commercial markets is going to create more than 100,000 jobs and $US82 billion in economic impact over the next 10 years in the US alone.

“I don’t think there’s another career field creating as many opportunities as this anywhere in the United States, let alone the world,” Mr Minor said.