Drone careers

 With a drone technology degree from California University of Pennsylvania you can expect plentiful job opportunities.  

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicts that there will be more than 100,000 new jobs in unmanned aircraft and drone technology by 2025, and the global market for commercial applications of drone technology is expected to reach $127 million by 2020.  

New drone jobs will be created across a wide span of industries. Drone degree programs like Cal U’s associate degree in unmanned aircraft systems/drone technology will prepare you for these drone careers of the future.

 Below are just a few of the many exciting drone jobs that are being created today. Which one is right for you?

  • Drone Farmer: Use unmanned aircraft equipped with infrared imaging cameras to created detailed maps of crops. Then use drones programmed with GPS coordinates to fertilize the plants that need it most.
  • Wildlife Conservationist: Monitor, protect and collect data on fragile species in danger zones across the planet using drones.
  • Delivery/fulfillment Pilot: Pilot unmanned aircraft to deliver packages and supplies to the homes of private customers or between company warehouses.
  • Search and Rescue Worker: Save lives after disaster strikes by using drones to survey damage and locate people in need of help.
  • Energy Inspector: Use drones equipped with thermal cameras to detect leaks along oil pipelines or to monitor and inspect turbine blades on wind farms.
  • Drone Journalist: Capture breaking news footage from above with camera-equipped unmanned aircraft.
  • Geographic information Systems Mapping Technician: Use drones to map out remote or hard-to-reach areas of the Earth for scientific studies and commercial research.
  • Police Drone Operator: Track fugitives, monitor large crowds, and keep people safe using drone technology.
  • Drone-Assisted Property Manager: Inspect and survey the hard-to-reach exteriors of homes with unmanned aircraft; or create dynamic real estate listings with drones.

Are you curious about how unmanned aircraft are changing the way companies do business? Learn more about the future of drones. 

Why Earn an Associate Degree in Drone Technology from Cal U?

Cal U’s associate degree in drone technology arms you with the career-focused knowledge and skills you need to land a top drone job in this rapidly expanding field.

You’ll learn how to design, construct and deploy commercial-grade civilian drones from top faculty members who have worked on drone projects for the Department of Defense, the Office of Naval Research and NASA.

 Cal U’s drone degree program gives you:

  • In-demand knowledge and skills: Learn the applicable concepts and skills you need to succeed as a technician in the unmanned aircraft systems/drone industry in Pennsylvania and across the United States.


  • Essential instruction: Gain a thorough understanding of aviation law, safety considerations and federal regulations governing small, unmanned aircraft.


  • Hands-on learning: Take part in hands-on labs, plus mission-based field trips for unmanned aerial vehicle test flights and data collection using unmanned aircraft.


  • Certification preparation: Benefit from coursework that prepares you to earn an unmanned aircraft operator certificate. You’ll graduate ready to take the Federal Aviation Administration's Part 107 licensure exam and earn your drone pilot license. 


  • An accelerated schedule: Cal U’s drone degree program can be completed in just two years of full-time study. If you take summer courses, you can complete your associate’s degree in just 15 months.



Are you ready to pursue a dynamic drone career? Apply to our drone technology program now! 

The future of drones.

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