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Drone Pilot

Drone pilot using handheld console to control drone on construction site

Drone pilots remotely operate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones. Drones are small or medium-sized aircraft that have no human pilot, crew or passengers. A pilot operates the drone remotely using a handheld controller. Drones are being used more and more including in surveying, search and rescue, filmmaking and aerial photography. 

The Work

You could be: 

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on: 

The starting salary for a licensed drone pilot may be around £21,000 to £23,000 a year. With experience this may rise to around £30,000 a year. Senior drone pilots may earn up to £40,000 a year. 

Conditions

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
2863
6.1 %
RISE
2029
3037
  United Kingdom
2024
42305
4.8 %
RISE
2029
44315

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What Does it Take?

You must have: 

You should be: 

Training

Getting On

Video

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Civil Aviation Authority
Website: http://www.caa.co.uk
Twitter: @UK_CAA

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