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Fast food isn’t the only thing a drone licence can deliver

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Drones - whilst you may not have been familiar with them until more recently, they’ve been regulated in Australia for almost 20 years, and now, the future for drone operators is getting bigger and brighter (by the day it would seem).

With the aerial access drones provide, they’re used for way more than filming a fun video with friends, watching whales off the coastline, or delivering fast food. Yes, fast food. Some fast-food franchisees such as KFC are now partnering with drone delivery services such as Wing, to launch some of Australia’s first drone delivery pilots. They’ve literally taken to the skies to bring their range of takeaway to more Australians, while aiming to reduce CO2 emissions and keep staff employed.

Drones really are making their mark in a modern workforce, for a modern world, with more than just meal deliveries.

Read more from South Metropolitan TAFE to discover just some of what a drone licence can deliver.

Where drones are making their mark with more than meal deliveries

Drone sizes and their ability to quickly deliver, means it’s not just the fast-food industry benefiting from their access to the sky.

While impressive movie scenes or fancy wedding videos may come to mind, the imaging and data that drones collect make them a valuable part of business planning and crisis response too.

Drones are particularly useful in the areas of:

  • Public safety
  • Animal conservation
  • Mapping and modelling
  • Thermal imaging
  • Search and rescue

Think crime scene mapping, emergency medical response, 3D modelling, inspections and pre-fire planning. These are just a few of the job roles a remote pilot might perform.

As the demand for drone operators increases, now’s the time to check out a TAFE course and get a qualification for exciting future employment options that will literally take you to new heights.

Which industries are employing qualified drone operators?

As drones can reduce risk, access remote or difficult places, capture data in real time, and in some cases literally save lives, it’s no wonder they’re now used across so many industries.

Their use is increasing so much in fact, that drones are estimated to create an average of 5,500 full time jobs in Australia annually between 2020 and 2040!

The multitude of industries embracing drone technology:

  • Real Estate
  • Construction
  • Film and TV
  • Weddings
  • Agriculture
  • Engineering
  • Mining
  • Media
  • Transport
  • Tourism
  • Defence
  • Security
  • Healthcare
  • Entertainment
  • Government

Whether it’s creating imagery to sell homes or holidays, monitor crops, survey sites, aid a rescue mission or become a renowned cinematographer, a drone qualification can invite major career opportunities. With experience in an industry using this tech, getting a drone licence can also create a specialist position or higher pay.


Why it’s good news for gamers (no - those skills aren’t wasted)

You know all those years you spent gaming? Imagine telling mum that all those hours of gaming in your bedroom actually prepared the way for a decent career?

That’s right, years of having to make quick decisions, deal with multiple stimuli and the hand eye coordination that gaming demands, can lead nicely into drone operation.

These skills, coupled with a TAFE pilot licence can lead to jobs in a rapidly growing industry.


Defy gravity, get qualified and launch your drone flying career

With access to drones, we may no longer need to rely on tall buildings, hot air balloons, dodgy ladders or carrier pigeons to get the job done, but we do need to know how to operate them safely.

A remote pilot course provides the skills to operate, fly and manage this impressive tech while learning important air laws and regulations. Students can apply this knowledge to multiple job-related disciplines - serving as a gateway for providing meaningful credentials, leading to emerging workforce opportunities.

For more information and to gain qualifications check out our AVI30419 Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot) TAFE course and consider applying for the next semester.

This drone course provides a professional qualification and drone licence, allowing you to legally operate a remotely piloted aircraft, without many of the restrictions applied to recreational users.

It also gives you some great career choices in a soaring industry (quick access to fast food wouldn’t hurt either!).

With a drone licence, the sky really is the limit! Get yours with SM TAFE today.