Following an extensive online survey, Skylogic Research LLC – a research, content and advisory services firm supporting the commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry – has released its 2017 Drone Market Sector Report, examining worldwide drone sales, service providers, business users and software services.
The independent research, partially underwritten by Airware and DroneDeploy, identified that businesses are increasingly demanding drone-acquired data in their day-to-day operations. It also uncovered fresh insights on major drone industry sector sizes and market shares, says Skylogic.
Among the insights in the report, three are especially worth highlighting, according to the firm:
- The U.S. market is flooded with service providers and remote pilots, but very few are making enough money to sustain a full-time venture. The data shows that 85% of service providers make less than $50,000 per year, and 79% perform only one to five operations per month.
- More consumer drones are being used for commercial work than ever before. The survey data shows that more than two-thirds (68%) of all drones are purchased for professional purposes – either governmental or business.
- DJI dominates the industry with a 72% global market share for drone purchases across all price points. In the U.S. and Canada, it’s 62%.
“Our online market survey garnered over 2,600 respondents representing more than 60 industries worldwide,” states Colin Snow, CEO and founder of Skylogic Research, in a press release. “Our analysis yields 10 key insights that summarize the current state of the industry, plus views of the overall market growth and drone use by vertical.”
The full report can be purchased here.