Industry study claims drones would bring jobs, tax revenue to Oregon

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International says drones could be a good thing for the Oregon jobs outlook.
The trade organization released findings today, indicating the unmanned aircraft industry is poised to create more than 400 jobs in Oregon the first three years following the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. national airspace system.
Integration is scheduled to take place in 2015. Beyond the first three years, the study projects that more than jobs will be created in the state by 2025.
“In recent years, unmanned aircraft technology has grown remarkably and is already proving useful in a range of domestic applications,” said Michael Toscano, president and chief executive officer of AUVSI, in releasing the data.
“Integrating UAS into the national airspace will lead to new and expanded uses, which means the creation of quality, high-paying jobs in Oregon.”
The precision agriculture industry is expected to be the largest market for UAS technology, according to the AUVSI Farmers will be able to better monitor crops and distribute pesticides, reducing the amount of pesticides sprayed, thus cutting costs and reducing the environmental impact.
The better known, and more controversial use, will put the technology in the hands of police and firefighters.
Where those jobs would be wasn’t addressed.
UAS projected creation of 416 jobs — both direct and indirect manufacturing jobs — from 2015 to 2017. The economic impact to Oregon is projected to surpass $81 million, cumulating in more than $486 million in economic impact by 2025. The organization said economic impact includes revenue flowing to manufacturers and suppliers from the sale of new products as well as the resulting taxes and ripple-effect going to local businesses.
Nationally, UAS projects integration will lead to 103,776 new jobs nationally by 2025. However, components such as establishment of FAA Test Sites will ultimately determine where many of these new jobs will flow.
They study estimated Oregon would gain more than $2.47 million in the first decade following the integration.
The complete study, including state-by-state breakdowns of economic impact projections, is available at
“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,” wrote the report’s author, Darryl Jenkins, a past professor at George Washington University and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
The study suggest the highly skilled positions will pay $55,000 annually to start with the potential to increase to more than $100,000.

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