So, did you hear the news about how drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be changing the face of how you and I work?
If you work in aerial photography, oil rigging and offshoring, firefighting, even in package and pizza delivery, chances are, you have.
And chances are, you worry for your own job security by having these little marvels of engineering taking over what once was risky, inefficient, but necessary (no offense, it’s not you, it’s the job).
It’s a natural fear to have. A healthy fear, in fact. You have to earn money, no one wants to lose his spot to a machine; it’s the sum of the worst of our fears.
But the reality is that whether people use drones such as a quadcopter for home use or for recreational purposes, or a specially-designed, high technology responder drone designed for oil rig and agricultural monitoring such as those from Doheny Drones, the fact of the matter is that they are here to stay.
You don’t have anything to fear, however. Based on a recent study by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), in fact, it is projected that 70,000 American jobs will be created in the first three years after achieving integration of unmanned aircraft throughout American airspace. Furthermore, it is expected that in ten years a total of 100,000 jobs are to be created. Now these are all estimates, that much is for sure, and every situation will always be different for each person that will be affected, but the future does look bright.
So it isn’t all gloom and doom, is it?
Changing the Face of Agriculture
According to the same study, the sector that will be most affected, or improved, depending on how you look at it, is the agricultural sector. This is largely in part due to unmanned aircraft being able to monitor crops more efficiently, as well as distribute pesticides safely. The practice of crop-dusting will be refined, so will that of seeding using planes. If anything, it isn’t the average farmer that should be worried about this development; it should be the pesticide producers.
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Drones?
Though there is reason to fear that there could be short-term job losses for the industries that unmanned aerial vehicles will affect, these are largely unsubstantiated, mainly because the people who would be most affected, hypothetically, by the rise of these robots, would be the same people who know the industries and the tasks that these robots would replace well enough that they will most likely be able to advise, consult, maintain, or even fly them themselves; this gives credence to the study’s projection, and gives us all reason to believe that they aren’t just pulling these numbers out of thin air.
After all, who WOULD be in a better position to do the programming and monitoring of these devices after all, than the people who they “replaced”? The same goes for oil rigs, firefighters, rescuers, and so on; you could lessen the risks taken by the oil riggers, the rescuers, and the farmers, but you can’t take him out entirely of the equation. In fact, the idea of combining the precise efficiency of robotic devices and man’s greatest talent, which is his ingenuity, opens so much more doors than they will supposedly close.
That old Timbuk 3 one-hit wonder sums it all up best: “The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.”