Operate a drone safely. Launch, land, and navigate the skies! Navigate to ensure drones are operated safely and avoid collisions. You may need to use a drone as a surveyor, inspector, police officer, photographer, or filmmaker, etc. Many live locally and travel for work. This is often a skill that is helpful for people of many professions to have, and there are some people who specialize in it.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Build, repair and tune multi-rotor aircraft.
  • Manage collected data.
  • Apply rules and regulations to operate as a commercial operator.

Recommended Credentials

Remote Pilot's Certificate or Associate's Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Northwestern Michigan College has a Drone Pilot Training Class in Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Elsewhere in Michigan


Central Michigan University Drone Lab

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Join a robotics team.

Visit the Aviation Department at NMC.

Job shadow someone who uses a drone in their work.

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Get your Drone Operator license in high school

Pathway 2

Northwestern Michigan College

Unmanned Aerial Systems Certificate

Nationally recognized training center! Class credit if already licensed UAS operator

Pathway 3

Northwestern Michigan College, Engineering Technology: AAS

NMC University Center

Aviation Management Articulations with Davenport and Ferris

Michigan State University Drones in Agriculture and hands-on drone training


Sample Job Titles...

  • Drone Operator 

Hear It From The Pros

10-Year Job Growth Projections

10-County Region

Employed Regionally

In 2021

Wage Range & Median Michigan


Annual Hires Regionally

In 2021

Other Regional Career Resources

Federal Aviation Administration, Become a Drone Pilot

Learn more about Remote Sensing Technicians at O*NET Online.

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