Drones continue to explode in popularity. The small flying cameras have suddenly enabled thousands to get shots that only a few years back would have required a very expensive helicopter rental. If you're one of many photographers who now own one, there's a market you should look into.
I absolutely adore my DJI Phantom 4. I've spent many summer nights flying it over Lake Erie, taking shots of lighthouses and the Cleveland skyline. For example, the shot below was taken 4,000 ft from shore. Just a few years ago, doing so would have required renting a helicopter, and even then, it might have been impossible, as this spot lies between the very busy airspace of Burke Lakefront Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Now, I just drive to the lake, call the airport tower to ask permission (always do this when you're within five miles of an airport), and I'm off.
Many industries are starting to take note of the usefulness of drones. In particular, realtors are beginning to incorporate them into their work. The ability to quickly show an entire property from above is especially useful, particularly when one considers large, undeveloped rural properties that may be difficult or time-consuming to navigate on foot. The National Association of Realtors reports that 26 percent of realtors currently use drones in their work, with another 18 percent planning to in the future. Of those that do, 42 percent hire a professional. This means that currently, approximately 264,000 realtors are hiring drone pilots, with another 432,000 interested in using them in the future. Now may be a great time to cold call your local real estate office. Just remember that commercial use of a drone requires a certificate of authorization from the FAA.