Skylogic Research released its 2017 Drone Market Sector Report today, examining worldwide drone sales, service providers, business users, and software services. The Skylogic report is independent and is partially underwritten by Airware and DroneDeploy. The report shows that an increasing number of businesses rely on data that is acquired by drone to run their day-to-day operations.

DJI Inspire 2

DJI dominates the drone industry

Here are some of the highlights of the report:

  • The U.S. market is flooded with service providers and remote pilots, with very few 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. 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 North America (U.S. and Canada), it’s 62%.

The complete version of the report includes more information but has to be purchased first. It covers:

  • Who’s buying what types of drones, from which makers, at what prices, and for what uses.
  • The size and nature of drone-based service providers, how they position themselves, and what markets they’re targeting.
  • Who the business users for drone-based projects are, and which industries have traction.
  • How service providers and businesses use software for drone-based projects—for flight management, mission planning, and image processing.

“Our online market survey garnered over 2,600 respondents representing more than 60 industries worldwide,” said Colin Snow, CEO and founder of Skylogic Research. “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,” he added.

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