Emerging Opportunities for Drone Pilots

Thursday, April 25, 2024 | 10:00AM PST | 1:00PM EST | 6:00PM BST

The applications of commercial UAVs are rapidly evolving - and along with them are growing and changing opportunities for drone pilots. There are broadening career paths for drone pilots that continue to expand as drone use proliferates, and jobs for drone pilots are in high demand in fast-growing industries like utilities, oil and gas, construction and infrastructure. 

 Some of the exciting opportunities include: 

  • Construction Site Monitoring: Aerial footage provides real-time insights into construction progress, safety compliance, and productivity, facilitating informed decision-making by project managers.
  • Surveying and Mapping: Drones with advanced cameras and lidar can now more efficiently map large areas, aiding in site planning, design, and progress monitoring.
  • Asset Inspection: Drones offer a safer, faster, and more cost-effective method for inspecting hard-to-reach assets like bridges and power lines, and capturing high-resolution imagery to identify defects in complex structures such as power plants or other industrial areas. 
  • Environmental Monitoring: Specialized sensors on drones monitor air and water quality, wildlife habitats, or even detect pollution caused by construction or industrial activities.

These opportunities are driven by technological advancements, regulatory changes, and a growing recognition of drones' benefits in these sectors. Join us for a webinar where new and cutting-edge career opportunities for drone pilots are being discussed. 

Join us live to get your questions answered about becoming a drone pilot or advancing your opportunities.


Austin Brown, Co-Founder, The Global Air Drone Academy

Austin Brown is an FAA-certified Drone Pilot and educator. A graduate from George Washington University, In 2015 he Co-Founded Global Air Media LLC a drone services provider, and The Global Air Drone Academy, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization with a mission of bridging the race and gender gap in STEM education and careers. In addition to flying hundreds of missions ranging from industrial inspection to construction site mapping, Austin has overseen an organization that has taught thousands of students to build drones around the world. Whether flying drones or teaching others to pilot them, Austin believes that drones are the future.

Julia Guerra, Co-Founder, Manger of Operations, FlyGuys

Julia Guerra is well versed in Aerial mapping with expertise in construction survey and training professional part 107 fleets. With experience in technology and boots on the ground mentality her unique perspective allows for innovation from the root cause. Julia's drone knowledge varies from thermal solar inspections, telecom sag testing, survey grade mapping and other data capture use cases.  

Tanner Harris, Founder & Managing Member, Blue Nose Aerial Imaging

Tanner is a graduate of the US Air Force Advanced Instrument School, the US Navy Legal Officer course, and the Joint Air Operations Command and Control School. He is an FAA certified Remote Pilot and Airline Transport Pilot with type ratings on the Boeing 720, 707, 737, 757, 767, and Airbus A319 and A320. He owns Blue Nose, LLC and Blue Nose Franchising, LLC.

 Recognizing the lack of consistency throughout the emerging drone industry, Tanner built the Blue Nose Aerial Imaging franchise to help standardize operations, develop brand-name recognition, adhere to a dynamic regulatory environment, and to assemble subject matter experts from a variety of backgrounds to heighten the quality of services provided by the Blue Nose franchise team. By streamlining the path to entrepreneurship and empowering franchise owners with resources, experts, and applied training, Tanner developed a collaborative nationwide network of professional drone operators that provide services to companies in construction, agriculture, real estate, television, mapping, marketing, and inspections.

Tanner resides in Denver, Colorado with his wife and two children. He enjoys running, traveling, music, and can be found touring the country in the family RV.


Carla Lauter, Content Manager, Commercial UAV News and Geo Week

Carla Lauter is Content Manager for Commercial UAV News and Geo Week, curating conference content and newsletters in support of both events. Before joining Diversified Communications, Carla spent 10 years on NASA and National Science Foundation funded projects focusing on Earth science and communication. She has worked on web-based outreach and online interactives for NASA Earth Science, including products for satellite missions measuring sea level, salinity and hyperspectral ocean color.