Careers In The Canadian Drone Industry

Job Growth in the Canadian Drone Industry

The Canadian Drone industry is poised for unprecedented growth when the Beyond Visual Line of Site (BVLOS) regulations for the Industry in our guess come into effect in 2020.

Mark Arjua President of Unmanned Systems Canada offers the following insight on new Drone companies in Canada “the industry is exploding regardless: In 2013, for example, there were around 300 Canadian companies in the UAV sector. Today, Aruja estimates, there are close to 1000.”

Goldman Sachs a Wall Street Powerhouse predicts ‘Between now and 2020, we forecast a $100 billion market opportunity for drones—helped by growing demand from the commercial and civil government sectors.’  

Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC) According PwC's study on the commercial applications of drone technology, the emerging market for business services using drones is valued at over $127 billion. This is the value of current business services and labour that are likely to be replaced in the very near future by Drone powered solutions, according to PwC predictions. 

Canada is already seeing major US corporations, with Drone aeronautical divisions, investing in Canada. Intel, Lougheed Martin, Rockwell and our own Canadian powerhouses Drone Delivery Canada  and Aeryon Labs are amongst a few participating in BVLOS research for the Canadian marketplace.

With more industries finding unique uses for RPAS and drone operators, the job prospects are booming. A 2013 report by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) projected over 100,000 new jobs in unmanned aircraft operations by the year 2025.

The amount of money pouring into the industry is unprecedented.

Money being invested into the drone industry to push job growth

More about the future of the industry

Educational Institutions teaching the disciplines of Engineering, Surveying, Photography, Construction, Mining, Energy, Real Estate etc., are now recommending that Drone technology be utilized as a cost-effective solution for work being done now by manned aviation(helicopters and small fixed wing aircraft) in these fields right now.

Corporations are currently utilizing helicopters and small fixed wing planes, the traditional method of use in the field. They are rapidly being replaced by Drones and in many cases at a 60% cost saving to their bottom line

The Canadian government has stated that Drone technology Is a priority, along with investment in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

Major Canadian corporations looking towards BVLOS are already setting up their own internal Drone flight departments to keep their confidential data secure on their own servers rather than in the hands of 3rdparty Drone companies.

Corporate investment will be the main driver for growth in the Canadian marketplace for commercial Drone applications in 2019 forward.

Average annual salary

Canadian Drone Jobs Salaries

Currently looking at the average entry level salary for an experienced Drone Pilot in Canada is $60,000.00 per annum.

Software development, aeronautical engineering, & operations jobs are approaching $80,000.00 - $100,000+ + mainly depending on the size of the companies Drone department.

There are many Canadian Government departments that are releasing training funds to take a Transport Canada Compliant course through training schools such as The Canadian Drone Institute.

Different jobs in the industry

The main shortage in Canada in 2018 is for Drone pilots with Drone flight experience.

Other job skillsets are Software Development, Engineering and Drone design, Sales and Marketing, Operations and Administration.

How to set yourself up as an expert in the drone industry so you can find a job quickly

With the new Canadian Drone regulations coming out on June 1, 2019 you will need a basic or advanced drone pilot certificate to fly a drone over 250g. Most companies hiring will want you to have an advanced drone pilot certificate. Getting an advanced drone pilot certificate through Transport Canada consists of two parts -

1. Pass the advanced drone pilot exam through Transport Canada with a score of 80%.

2. Pass a flight review with a Transport Canada compliant flight review school.

"In total, these together should cost $500.00-$700.00 It's quite the ROI when you think about the fact you can get an entry level job as a drone pilot at $20-50$+ an hour." - Greg Davis, Founder The Canadian Drone Industry Institute

Transport Canada recommends studying with a Transport Canada compliant drone flight school before taking the exam. The Canadian Drone Institute is one of the schools listed on their website and is a Transport Canada compliant school.

The Canadian Drone Institute offers online courses that you can take with an instructor which feature live Q & A or courses where you can study by yourself and at your own pace. Both prepare you to pass the Small Advanced Drone Pilot Certificate Exam.

View all online courses here.

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