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Within five years, there could be some 7,500 commercial drones aloft, the FAA predicts. Companies such as Amazon and UPS are toying with new uses for the technology — like drone package deliveries to your door.
All those new drones will need people to build, pilot and maintain them, and then interpret the data they send back.
An industry-commissioned study has predicted that more than 70,000 jobs would develop in the first three years after Congress loosens drone restrictions on U.S. skies. The same study projects an average salary range for a drone pilot of $85,000 to $115,000.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Jennifer Brooks • 651-925-5049