Study: US Drone Industry To Create More Than 100,000 Jobs

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Federal officials are acknowledging widespread drone access to U.S. skies faces significant hurdles and will take longer than Congress expected. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Federal officials are acknowledging widespread drone access to U.S. skies faces significant hurdles and will take longer than Congress expected. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, Va. (CBSDC) — A new trade group study finds that the drone industry is expected to create more than 100,000 new jobs.

The study conducted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International shows that more than 70,000 new American jobs are poised to be created in the first three years following the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. national airspace system. More than 100,000 new jobs are expected by 2025.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for an industry developing technology that will benefit society, as well as the economy,” Michael Toscano, president and CEO of AUVSI, said in a press release. “In recent years, unmanned aircraft technology has grown remarkably and is already proving useful in a range of domestic applications. Integrating UAS into the national airspace will lead to new and expanded uses, which means the creation of quality, high-paying American jobs.”

The integration – which is expected to take place in 2015 – will have an economic impact surpassing $13.6 billion, the study reveals, grossing more than $82 billion by 2025.

The study warns, though, that the U.S. could lose more than $10 billion in economic impact every year that integration is delayed.

“While we project more than 100,000 new jobs by 2025, states that create favorable regulatory and business environments for the industry and the technology will likely siphon jobs away from states that do not,” Darryl Jenkins, the study’s author and former professor at George Washington University and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, said in a press release.

The study finds that the agriculture industry is expected to see the biggest boon from drones as unmanned aircrafts “will help farmers monitor crops and distribute pesticides.”

The study also points out that drones will make the jobs of police officers and firefighters safer and more efficient.

California is expected to profit from the drone industry by over $2 billion while Texas and Washington state are expected to rake in over $1 billion.

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