- knowledge of media production and communication
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- leadership skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
- knowledge of English language
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As a commercial drone pilot, you'll:
- plan flight paths
- test flight equipment
- carry out aerial surveys
- gather digital images and data
- maintain and repair drones
- produce maps based on flight data
- work with other professionals to interpret data
You could work on a film set, on a construction site, in the countryside or in a control room.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and you may spend nights away from home.
You may be able to complete a qualification like the Level 3 Certificate and Level 4 Diploma in the Remote Piloting of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Examples of work you might do includes:filmmaking, TV and marketing; weather forecasting; mapping land use for farming or archaeological work; inspecting infrastructure like bridges and tall buildings; surveying air accident sites as part of investigations
If you have engineering qualifications, you could move into drone design and development work.