UAS industry to create 70,000 jobs in three years, says study

The unmanned aircraft industry is poised to create more than 70,000 new American jobs in the first three years following the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into U.S. national airspace system, according to a new study by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

Integration is scheduled to take place in 2015, a March 12 AUVSI news release said. Beyond the first three years, the study projects that more than 100,000 new jobs will be created by 2025.

In the first three years following integration, the total economic impact stemming from the integration is projected to surpass $13.6 billion and will grow sustainably for the foreseeable future, cumulating in more than $82.1 billion in impact between 2015 and 2025, according to the story. Economic factors include the monies that flow to manufacturers and suppliers from the sale of new products, as well as the taxes and monies that flow into communities and support the local businesses.

The study projects integration will lead to 103,776 new jobs nationally by 2025. Many of these jobs are portable and will gravitate toward states with favorable regulatory structures and infrastructure. Future events, such as the establishment of Federal Aviation Administration test sites, will ultimately determine where many of these new jobs will flow.

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