The job market is wide open for students seeking careers in the field right now, said Josh Brungardt, director of the university's unmanned program.
"If a student wants to work for a manufacturer or military contractor and they're in the United States, they'll likely start out at $60,000-$65,000 right out of college," Brungardt said. "And if they want to do deployments and work for a contractor, they could earn up to $100,000 a year. It's a very lucrative career field for students."
The UAVs can be economically stored and transported, providing a way to automate the surveillance of large areas and to carry out military missions that strike at enemy targets.