The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) just approved a list of 500 companies to fly drones. Until recently, few organizations had this privilege, and only a dozen used this technology—the most well known being Amazon to test new options for package delivery.
Drone technology is fairly new and companies are years away from utilizing its full potential. We can clearly see, however, that companies are exploring a range of use cases. Aerial MOB, for instance, is using drone tech for closed-set filming. Aerial Intelligence HD is using drones to monitor natural resources. Aerial Optics uses drones for event photography. Aviation Technology is creating augmented real estate listings. The list goes on.
With all of these new uses, and new approved companies, we expect to see some tech jobs arising as a result.
From a legal perspective, drones introduce new terrain. Organizations who want to explore this tech will need to make sure that they’re safe and compliant with the law. Every organization will need a point person to understand related rules and regulations, in and out. The best Compliance Specialists will have a cross-functional background in engineering and the law, to understand and balance both sides of the equation.
Data scientists are already in demand and drone tech makes these roles even more important. These individuals will be responsible for analyzing flight paths, failure rates, operational hiccups and more! Especially in the earliest days of the technology, organizations will need to pay close attention to performance and operations. The Data Engineer’s perspective will be key.
Drones may be innovative, but they also bring new risk factors to organizations. For one, bystanders could get injured. Potential business delays could arise as organizations grow accustomed to this new technology. Organizations need a clearly defined way to calculate, predict and circumvent their risks. Working in tandem with Compliance Specialists and Data Engineers, these minds will be crucial for developing an action plan.
In theory, drone tech will allow companies to explore new terrain (literally), improve operational efficiencies and reduce overhead. That’s the dream. The big question is whether this wish list will hold true. Organizations will need quantitative pragmatists to analyze performance and provide objective feedback to ensure the streamlined implementation and steady adoption of this new tech.
People aren’t used to robots. With the introduction of drone tech, your team members will likely have questions and experience some degree of confusion. Your leadership team will need to provide extreme transparency and detailed education throughout this process. A corporate communications professional, with a knack for storytelling and background in data, will be critical for this process.
Drone tech could mean new jobs for your company
When we talk about drones, we often focus on the technology’s most innovative qualities—to replace certain jobs and cut costs with robots. Hidden beneath this story, however, is a bigger narrative about talent acquisition and recruiting. The bottom line is that drones need certain types of talent to be successful at almost any company. At the end of the day, we’re learning and growing together. The right talent will ensure that we’re set up to succeed.
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With the creation of drone technology, businesses all over the world are experiencing a completely new field of operation! With this new technology in sight, your business will need to obtain the best tech talent. Our Modis team can connect you to the best IT talent for your business. Contact us today to find out how we can help you navigate the complex and ever changing world of technology!