The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) released a report that says the unmanned aircraft industry is poised to create more than 70,000 new American jobs in the first three years following the 2015 integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace.
Beyond the first three years, the study projects that more than 100,000 jobs will be created by 2025.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for an industry developing technology that will benefit society, as well as the economy,” said Michael Toscano, president and CEO of AUVSI. “In recent years, unmanned aircraft technology has grown remarkably and is already proving useful in a range of domestic applications. Integrating UAS into the national airspace will lead to new and expanded uses, which means the creation of quality, high-paying American jobs.”
The report says that many of the new jobs are portable and will gravitate toward states with favorable regulatory structures and infrastructure. The establishment of Federal Aviation Administration test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will determine the location of many of the jobs.
“While we project more than 100,000 new jobs by 2025, states that create favorable regulatory and business environments for the industry and the technology will likely siphon jobs away from states that do not,” wrote Darryl Jenkins, a former professor at George Washington University and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Jenkins, an aviation industry economist with more than 30 years of experience, was the author of the study.