Drone Operator

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Drones overall will be more impactful than I think people realize, in positive ways to help society.

Bill Gates
Drone Operator

Markus Weber LandView Drones

In A Nutshell

I pilot a drone to fly over fields and analyze farm land from above by taking photos and videos. 

I use mapping software to create maps that help farmers find high yield zones, assess the soil from above, and plan for irrigation system development.  

Using a drone, I can analyze crops to track the health of plants and identify the possible spread of disease. 

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Potential Salary Range

$50,000 - 71,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
Alberta
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
Manitoba
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Ontario ON
Ontario
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Quebec
Saskwatchewan SK
Saskwatchewan

The majority of the work is done from a vehicle, getting to the site and then working from the vehicle with its charging systems. Most days suitable for drone mapping are thankfully beautiful days with low wind and sunshine, so the outdoor time is usually very comfortable. The job also requires some office time, but since the season is short, that's usually in the evenings only.

Workplace

Indoor / Outdoor

Job Requirements & Duties

  • Conduct pre-mission planning meetings with customers
  • Develop flight plans which includes checking for any sign of potential flight hazards and coordinating airspace
  • Pilot the drone to fulfill the goals of the mission, usually for about 4-8 hours per day
  • Complete safety risk assessments prior to flight and after action reviews post-flight
  • Go through data and present findings to customers in an understandable way 
  • Organize, process, and deliver the data collected and present findings in a report to customers in an understandable way 

Education & Training

  • A college diploma or bachelor’s degree in an agriculture or technology related study, such as crop science, agronomy, or plant science is recommended. 
  • You must have a basic or advanced certificate for drone operation.
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Job Outlook

    • Though this is a new career, there will continue to be jobs involving agriculture technology as more farmers use technology to plan fields and monitor crop health.
    • There will likely be some tough competition from other individuals who are passionate about this unique branch of agriculture.  

Related School Subjects

Practical Applied Arts
69 Math
Career Education
Science

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Drone Technology Crops

Important Skills

Customer Service

Because I work with customers so much, it's important that I can deal with them professionally and pleasantly.

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Detail-Oriented

Accuracy to detail is so important for good data collection - and data analysis is a big part of this job! 

Independence

A typical workday is spent alone in the field, so being comfortable trusting your own instincts is a must.

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Computer & Technological

A drone is a piece of technology, so it helps if you enjoy working with computers and software so you can diagnose any problems that arise. 

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The Best Things About This Job Are…

Independent Work
Work Changes Daily
Opportunity to Travel
Seasonality
Flexible Work Environment