This is currently the state of drone jobs. If you want to read further into this, I’ve already done two in-depth articles about drone piloting as a career and whether it is viable in 2022. You can check them both here, and here.
Drones Market & Industry Stats
As technology progresses in general parts are getting cheaper and so is the cost of drones. New and high-performing low end drones are getting injected into the market every year making drones more accessible.
Needless to say, the demand for drones is increasing as a result and more industries are starting to incorporate drones in their workflows. Below is a list of stats that reflects that:
The total number of consumer drone shipments worldwide was around 5 million units in 2020. The number is expected to increase over the next decade, reaching 9.6 million consumer drone unit shipments globally by 2030. (Statista)
The drone market is expected to grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 57.5% from 2022 to 2028. (Grandviewresearch)
The advent of the 5G delivery model and integration of cloud computing technology with the drone development process is anticipated to provide lucrative growth opportunities to the commercial drone market in 2022 and beyond. (Grandviewresearch)
The rotary blades drone segment accounts for 80% of consumer drone market share, as they are often easy to control.
The hybrid/fixed-wing drone segment has an expected growth rate of 64% in the next 5 years. (Grandviewresearch)
DJI is the largest consumer drone manufacturer and owns 54% of the global market share as of 2022, and an astonishing 80% in the U.S market. (DroneAnalyst)
As of 2022 the consumer drone market share of the drone company Autel increased by 7%, so keep a lookout for them in the coming years.
More than half U.S. companies spent more than 10k USD on drones last year. (DroneAnalyst)
China is by far the biggest manufacturer of consumer drones in the world. (DroneAnalyst)
Even though DJI also sells enterprise drones, the vast majority of their revenue comes from their consumer drone sales.
The global drone market is expected to reach a $500 Billion market cap by 2028. (Grandviewresearch)
North-America is the biggest importer of consumer drones and holds a 37% of market volume as of 2022. (Grandviewresearch)
The global revenue of drone revenue last year was 43 billion U.S. dollars.
The number of drones in the U.S. for recreational flying has almost reached half a million mark.
The commercial drone registrations currently stand at around 372 thousand. (Grandviewresearch)
Drone Deploy has over 100 million drone pictures online. (Drone Deploy)
53% of people think that drones are environmentally more friendly in delivering packages. (USPS)
In 2015, a small drone broke the White House security. (CBS)
It’s expected that 1 million consumer drones will be sold in 2022.
The Future of Drones in 2023 and Beyond
I think that contrary to the current growth rates of the drone industry thrown around on the internet, the drone market will grow bigger and faster than what is expected.
The ease that drones are introduced to several industries is no secret so I won’t even go into that. You’ve also seen how heavily marketed consumer drones have been in the later years, with new drone youtubers popping up every week.
One other thing that I think will happen in the next few years is the emergence of a new player in the drone industry. DJI right now dominates the market, but I believe it’ll more than likely receive sanctions from the U.S. government because DJI is of chinese origin.
Perhaps this will give rise to other drone companies from Europe and the U.S. We can only wait and see.
Hi, I'm Paul. A big drone enthusiast, reviewing, comparing and writing about drones since 2015. I'm all about helping people enjoy and even monetize their hobby.