When it comes to drones, and the broad range of business uses — and career opportunities — might be surprising.


Ryan Marlow, the co-founder of Alaska Aerial Media, showed off one of his survey drones that allows him to finish survey work in just a few hours. Without it, the work would take a crew up to a month to complete, he said.


Marlow said drones can also be used in emergency situations or for search and rescue.


The technology is also bringing workforce development to young Alaskans. Cassie Ostrander with the Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium said high school students can learn the skills in math, science and geology to set them up for success after school.


Marlow said students can even graduate with a job lined up.


“We have curriculum available in high schools that are allowing students to one, learning about safety,” he said. “They’re actually leaving out of high school with their licenses to fly these systems commercially.”


Like to play video games? Ostrander said people who have experience with video games do very well in careers with drones.


Job Opportunities

    • Commercial real estate


    • Sporting events


    • Surveying


    • Scientific research

Estimated Pay Range

    • $20 – $40/hr


    • Depends on experience

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    • Martha Peck

      (907) 770-5250


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