I recently received the following well-organized email and wanted to share my response with all of you because I know many of you are wondering about the answers Please understand that these responses are generalized and may differ based on a person’s skills, background, and career goals. These answers are also based on my experience working daily with job seekers and clients in this career field, not on a scientific or formalized study.
I am interested in utilizing your service to find employment in the field of unmanned piloting. The problem is that I’m not sure how one gets started in this field. There isn’t exactly a wealth of information on the subject. After spending some time on your website, I was really hoping you might be willing to answer a few questions that came to mind:
1. What are the minimum educational and/or certification requirements for the majority of careers in this field?
Today, the primary differentiators for employment as an unmanned pilot or operator are experience, clearance, and . Companies who hire pilots prefer to hire people who have been trained in a specific platform, or in a platform similar to the one being operated. While companies are still willing to certify or train an inexperienced pilot, they may not have to do so. With the draw down of the war, the supply of employable and trained pilots is larger than it was just a few years ago.
throughout the country, most of the positions require the pilot to deploy. Deployments can range from 6-12 months depending on your contract. The FAA S). I predict the demand for pilots to operate vehicles in the US will increase exponentially once the NAS is opened to UAS. not, except in very limited and specific circumstances, allow unmanned aircraft to fly in the national airspace (NA
Yes, I am familiar with some of the training opportunities that are available. I think these courses are filling a niche and may offer a competitive advantage in the next phase of our industry. I encourage you to talk with the course administrators, recent graduates, and hiring managers to ascertain the potential value for you.
4. How often is having a private pilot’s license a requirement for employment?
A pilot’s license is not usually required for pilot’s who are deploying and operating unmanned vehicles overseas.