The following piece is a sponsored post by Drone Digital which is a job site for drone pilots.
We are in the hottest job market seen since the dot-com era, but you might not want to work for an employer anyway. Rather than report to someone else, you might want to work for yourself — and a career as a drone pilot is a surefire way to do that.
As the drone industry matures and enterprise organizations learn how drones can serve them, big corporations are seeking out drone pilots to gather aerial data for them. And where do they actually find those drone pilots? Enter drone pilot booking sites like Drone Digital.
Drone Digital is a booking site where drone pilots can sign up, post their services and list their ability, with the intent to be found by customers looking to hire drone pilots in their area. Meanwhile, customers who need drone jobs that they don’t want a full-time pilot for can hire drone pilots for one-off or shorter-term services.
The site allows pilots to specify their areas of expertise and upload footage to showcase their work.
With centralized platforms like Drone Digital, drone pilots can easily be found, while not having to create their own site and compete against keyword searches by bigger companies. With travel going directly to larger siteslike Drone Digital, pilots can theoretically be more easily found on Google. This is a great advantage to those offering drone services as well as those seeking them.
Here are some of their most common job requests on such job posting sites:
Drone in real estate
An enormous area of opportunity for amateur drone pilots to work professionally is in the real estate industry. This year especially, home sales have had a wild ride with U.S. home sales likely to hit a record high of $2.5 trillion in 2021. Aerial listing photos have proven an excellent way to showcase a home’s sweet pool, or expansive yard, and aerial photography using drones is one of the best way real estate agents can make their listings stand out.
Drones for construction
Drones are useful in planning a large construction site as they can gain a bird’s eye view of the entire area. Planning includes positioning equipment so there are escape routes should conditions become unsafe. Drones can also do close checks in dangerous areas, like damp or sinking slag heaps in mining projects, or in new dam walls.
Drone pilots managing deliveries
2020 was a huge year for drone delivery, and things are only looking up for a future where drones would make the “last mile” of home-deliveries. With that a package would takes its final journey from the nearest depot to the customer’s home — apart of the route that can be costly both to the environment and the customer by eliminating the need for vans that might otherwise carry just a few packages.
Home deliveries by drones has been especially prolific in the delivery of medical supplies. For example, Zipline used drones to help with medical deliveries related to coronavirus in North Carolina. And most experts largely agree it is cost-effective, safe, reliable and environmentally friendly compared with traditional delivery vehicles. This industry has only ballooned as a result of the Covid pandemic, and looks set to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
How to join as a pilot on Drone Digital
Drone Digital aims to make it simple for drone pilots to get hired by customers. To join,create a profile on the platform, enter your service offerings, keywords, select your subscription package and enter your location. From there, you can see all the messages from clients, booking requests etc.
Be as thorough as possible with your info, and be sure to upload your pilot certification, which Drone Digital uses to verify and approve your profile. The service allows you to sign up in advance now, but is set to formally launch on Aug. 22, 2021.