The drone logistics and transportation market is projected to grow from USD 11.20 billion in 2022 to USD 29.06 billion by 2027. This continued growth signals a healthy market for an industry that has worked hard to find the balance between humans and technology while creating new jobs in various commercial applications such as monitoring, surveying & mapping, precision agriculture, aerial remote sensing, and product delivery. Whereas the future looks bright for the industry as a whole, it’s important to discuss the ramifications of what this technology means for the people working alongside of it.
Practical Uses of Drones in the Logistics Industry
As drones continue to become more regulated and tested in their specific capabilities, uses could expand from simply being used to deliver objects into much more. In the current market, drones are used mainly for government purposes, with the second-largest use being consumer and the third being enterprise. However, this is just the beginning and the adoption of drone technology is still taking off. In the future, airlines could use drones to inspect aircraft for damage and logistics providers could begin to use this them to deliver products to areas that are hard to reach. The beginning of this new wave of logistics optimization has already begun, with large retail and logistics companies already investing in delivery drones with the hopes of seeing increased efficiency, lower costs, and increased customer satisfaction. The impact of commercial drones could be $82 billion and a 100,000 job boost to the U.S. economy by 2025, according to AUVSI.
What Drones Mean for Professional Driving Industries
In the discussion of a total takeover of delivery drones, it is a natural concern that the technology might wipe out the need for professional drivers completely. This is simply not true, and it doesn’t appear that many people in the logistics industry feel that it will happen either. The key point in this conversation lies in the fact that, when technology is introduced into the workplace, it frees up humans to take on jobs that provide them with higher-value work. At the same time, this also improves the efficiency of the auto industry by allowing insurance companies to positively alter policies that don’t rely on human error and increasing the efficiency with which companies can reach remote areas. By automating routine tasks, improving effectiveness and safety and reducing costs, drones can take care of menial jobs in order to allow logistics professionals to focus on higher-value work that even further increases the working efficiency of a company. This is a great benefit to employees within the industry but it is also a benefit for those driving the vehicles as well.
The Future of Drone Jobs
Simply put, there will always be work that robots simply can’t do, and those jobs will begin to come to life once there is a necessity for the work that they can create. From Amazon package deliveries to scanning farms for increased crop yield, commercial drones and the people who pilot them are already creating a niche market for highly-skilled jobs. CNBC notes that companies are hiring done pilots who can likely expect to make between $50,000 and $70,000, depending on their expertise and the equipment they are operating. This not only signals a welcomed shift towards the acceptance of this technology, but a very obvious fruitful endeavor for people looking to work alongside innovative companies that are creating new pathways for 21st-century careers.
The Next Generation
The potential of drone technology is immense, and its potentials are only beginning to be unleashed. As innovations continue to develop the capabilities of drones, they will continue to evolve into being safer and more reliable. Trends indicate no need for professionals in the logistics industry to worry about the safety of their job, however, as they can begin to adopt the technology and prepare themselves for higher-level work that can take them and their career even further.