With less job options and opportunities out there, one growing field that universities are investing in is drones.
More than ever, U.S. universities are offering degree programs for students hoping to study the controversial military technology of the future.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, became the first American university to offer a postgraduate education in drone warfare this fall, according to RT.com.
“We’re trying to prepare our students so they’re ready to operate at the highest levels,” Department Chair of Aeronautical Sciences at Embry-Riddle Dan Maccharella told Associate Press. “It’s going to take off like a rocket. We had students go through the program as fast as they could to get out there.”
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Unlike other college programs nowadays, a master’s program in drone warfare can give students job security after school.
Students at Embry-Riddle can complete a six-month training program and graduate with a master’s degree. Job prospects in the field can offer a starting salary of $150,000 a year.
While other schools are not offering graduate programs yet, some do offer drone training classes. Drone pilots can earn between $50,000 and $120,000 a year.
Drones are most known for eliminating suspected terrorists in Yemen and regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan. These unmanned vehicles have also been known to inadvertently killing civilians.
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Now more than ever though, they’ve been used by police who patrol international borders, environmentalists studying oceanic regions, and meteorologists observing hurricane patterns.
Sources: Associated Press, RT.com