The drone industry is on a roll, there is no question about it. Both consumer and commercial drone usage has increased and interest and demand continue to grow in this fledgling market. Once these were military only items, now however there is a growing list of products, vendors, applications and experts in the private and commercial drone industries working to turn sci-fi into reality. In fact, a recent report from Business Intelligence on the drone industry had this to say, "Most growth in the drone industry is on the commercial/civilian side, as the shift away from the military market gains momentum. The market for commercial/civilian drones will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19% between 2015 and 2020, compared with 5% growth on the military side." Deregulation according to the report is on the horizon for low-flying drones which will add fuel to an already hot market.
Clearly this market is poised for significant growth but it faces many challenges according to a report from Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International or AUVSI, "The industry is primarily being held back by the continuous rulemaking delays that make it difficult to innovate without standards and other parameters." However once these issues are overcome then this industry has the potential to create opportunities for masses, from the people that build the hardware to the drone pilots to the people who fix them to the people who create the software.
Check out CIO.com's 2015 coverage of this burgeoning marketplace living at the crossroads of business, aviation and technology to better understand where we're at and where we're going.