“The drone industry in India could become an emerging sector of employment generation in the country”, said PM Narendra Modi while inaugurating India’s biggest drone festival, Bharat Drone Mahotsav.
With the new liberalized rules helping release India’s airspace for drone operations, the use of drones has significantly increased across various industries paving the way for new employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for drone enthusiasts. The scope for skill development and employment generation in the Indian drone industry is huge.
Now it is no longer restricted to the defence sector only and is now seen as a useful technology for agriculture, healthcare, tourism, media and other industries.
With so much potential for employment and entrepreneurship across industries, the drone sector has the potential to place India as a global drone hub in the future.
Drone industry in India: Top 7 emerging job roles
As the demand is rapidly growing, the drone industry is expected to grow significantly over the next decade and will open new career avenues.
Here are the top 7 emerging job roles in the drone sector in India,
- Drone pilots
- Drone technicians
- Design engineers and assemblers
- Drone flight planners
- Pilot trainers
- Drone software engineers
- Drone data specialists
To give a further boost to the drone sector in India, the government is going to launch a PLI scheme to establish a drone manufacturing ecosystem in India for which investments from both the domestic and international markets were invited in the Bharat Drone Mahotsav.
Scope for skill development
To prepare the youth for a bright future in the sun-rise industry, there’s a huge push from the government in the form of various schemes and initiatives such as SWAMITVA, and Drone Shakti among others.
Going forward the industry will also require skilled professionals to meet the industry requirements. Many governments and non-government aviation training centres have started focusing more on drone-related training.
To know more about the scope of skill development and training in the drone industry, you can read our conversation with Mr. Dinakar Devireddy, Head, Drone Pilot Trainings and Services, Telangana State Aviation Academy- https://www.nationalskillsnetwork.in/skill-development-and-training-opportunities-in-the-drone-industry/
Even ITIs across the country are coming forward to include drone technology-related curricula to train and prepare their students for the industry. IG Drones, under its mission to upskill 10M youth with the latest drone technology signed an MoU with four ITIs in Odisha to help the ITIs train their students in drone-piloting, repairing and eventually, drone-making too.
Here are a few crucial skills that could be added to the list of skills for the drone industry,
- Basic coding skills
- Basic electronic skills
- Firmware programming skills
- Mechanical skills
- Troubleshooting skills
- Analytical skills
- Knowledge in Robotics
- Technical skills
A person can learn the skills needed to launch a career in the drone industry by enrolling in dedicated training programmes for the drone industry.
Today, the drone industry is one of India’s most thriving industries. The scope for skill development and employment generation is huge in the drone industry in India. With the numerous plans and measures from the government, the industry is sure to flourish in the future. It will be a game-changer for the entire country as it will revolutionize the way India uses technology.