drone photographyUnmanned (drone) pilot careers are still being created. Most remote pilots will be performing their flight activities as part of the non-flying job they hold. For example, police officers, state structures inspectors, or construction managers will be trained to fly the quad-copter or fixed wing drone in addition to their normal duties. Depending on the organization, the remote pilot may receive additional compensation for their piloting skills.

Many remote pilots will acquire decent salaries when they start their own small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) business. Many organizations will contract with a sUAS business to do some kind of specialized work, like making an infomercial about their organization, determining raw material received for processing, inspect a building, and more. The sUAS business owner could base his/her compensation on the use of the drone, the processing of the data collected and delivered to the client, and the time and skill needed to attain the data. It is difficult to pin a typical salary on managing your own business, but if someone nets over $60,000 a year that figure would not be atypical.

An aviation professional graduating from UMA would be expected to strive to continue their training and proficiency in the three-dimensional environment. As one trains and learns new aspects of flying, higher salaries and responsibilities will normally follow.