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As drones provide faster, more cost-effective ways to collect data and deliver products, industries will rapidly harness drone technology. Goldman Sachs research has estimated the U.S. national economic impact of drones over the next four years to be $100 billion. Additionally, the FAA projects that 2.6 million model units will be sold in 2016, with annual growth thereafter averaging 23%. By 2020, the FAA projects model sales will reach 4.3 million units.  

Given the expected increase in demand, this course prepares students for opportunities in the following fields of work:

Filmmaking

A drone pilot can put an unarmed aerial vehicle (UAV) in the air and get aerial coverage of a location quickly and nimbly

Public Safety

A study from Bard’s Center for the Study of the Drone found that as of mid-2018 there are over 900 public safety agencies using drones. This number is more than double that found in late 2016, and it looks like it will only continue to grow

Education

Teachers can incorporate drones into classroom activities to help students get excited about STEM subjects 

Teachers can start a drone club at their school to help get students excited about the science behind drones, and about flying

Fashion

To enhance the consumer experience and/or brand presence, drones are being deployed for capturing shots during photo shoots, creating engaging brand imaging, and support brand activation events.  

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