From a report by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), March 2013.
AUVSI’s The Economic Impact of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the United States report shows the economic benefit of UAS integration. AUVSI’s findings show that in the first three years of integration more than 70,000 jobs will be created in the United States with an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion. This benefit will grow through 2025 when we foresee more than 100,000 jobs created and economic impact of $82 billion.
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.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are already being used in a variety of applications, and many more areas will benefit by their use, such as:
• Wildfire mapping
• Agricultural monitoring
• Disaster management
• Thermal infrared power line surveys
• Law enforcement
• Weather monitoring
• Aerial imaging/mapping
• Television news coverage, sporting events, moviemaking
• Oil and gas exploration
• Freight transport