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If you are not living under a rock, I am sure you have heard about drones. You want a bird’s eye view of stunning but unreachable places? Thank them for it. But how about turning your hobby of capturing such gorgeous images and videos into a career?


Over the last few years, the consumer market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, has boomed. The rise of this has been brought about by a lot of factors: improvements in technology and falling prices, as well as changes in regulations controlling the use of UAVs. Being recognized as valuable tools by many industries due to their capabilities, drones are creating a lot of new job opportunities.

It might sound like a dream job, but it is really possible to make money flying drones.

Aerial Photography

There is a big demand for this, since one of the main reasons of the consumer market in obtaining drones is for aerial views. Mostly, this is appropriate to do in golf courses, hotels and wedding venues. Even real estate companies are even good sources for repeat business.

Aerial photographic work requires good camera skills, though. Composition and framing are very important for aerial pictures. Images also need to be improved in Photoshop (or other editing software), so you should also take time in developing these skills, too.

Opportunities in using Drones

It’s a great time to pursue a career in the drone industry, especially since technology is improving. There will be a lot of opportunities to make money with drones in the future, if you learn the needed skills.

Other opportunities in using drones include:

  • Search and Rescue

Drones can now be used in humanitarian efforts, assisting rescuers in times of calamities. Through the use of drones, people can see the scope of the affected place, and find survivors or anyone who needs help.

  • Surveys and Security

Some police forces are currently using drones in monitoring movements of road traffic. Moreover, there are opportunities for private contractors to get involved. For this type of work, battery issues can be a problem, so you’ll need some spares and possibly, a way of charging, when you’re on the move.


What do you think of these opportunities for drones? Have you tried any?