Drone Delivery Network Operations Manager
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are being increasingly explored as a solution to delivery challenges for medical goods, including organs, emergency blood supplies, and vaccines. By using drone delivery, even hard to reach places in remote areas become instantly accessible and connected, improving access to vital medical, humanitarian, and commercial goods.
In times of pandemic, contactless drone delivery could potentially be an important tool in getting both supplies to frontline workers and vaccines to all. Since drones are essentially flying computers that connect to a network, drone delivery network operations managers will be a key component in modernizing the last mile in deliveries and bridging gaps in access.
Network operations managers are the analyzers, leaders and organizers in charge of managing all aspects of a network operations center (NOC) and the day-to-day activities of a network operations team. Leadership and mentoring, project and personnel management, multitasking, and team building are all necessary, as is strong communication, critical thinking and problem solving.
Sound understanding of wireless networking and general IT functions, as well as a multiuser computer operating system like UNIX and the security operations related to a data network, are also a requirement. A bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, or a related field is usually needed, and a master’s is sometimes preferred. Several years of experience working in a data center either as a network engineer or operations manager is generally required as well, in addition to related certifications in the specific technologies used by their data center.
Job growth for computer and information systems managers is estimated at 11% by 2028, but the drone industry was estimated at $19.3 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach $45.8 billion by 2025 – meaning that growth for this position will likely be exponentially high over the next few years.