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Drone Camera Operator Degree


Explore Mt. San Antonio College's Drone Camera Operator Degree!

    • Degree Overview

      The Drone Camera Operator Degree is designed for students who want to specialize as drone camera imaging operators for multiple career applications in commercial photography, cinematography, construction, surveying, inspection, and public safety.

    • Required Courses
      Students must complete the following coursework:
      • AERO 160 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Basic
      • AERO 210 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advanced
      • PHOT 10 Basic Digital and Film Photography
      • PHOT 11B Digital Capture Workflow
      • PHOT 26 Video for Photographers
      • PHOT 50 Drone Basic Still and Motion Camera Operator
      • PHOT 51 Drone Advanced Still and Motion Camera Operator
      • PHOT 55 Drone Photogrammetry and Mapping
      • PHOT 56 Drone Inspection and Thermal Imaging
      Recommended Electives
      • ANIM 130 Introduction to 3D Modeling
      • ANIM 172 Motion Graphics, Compositing and Visual Effects
      • ARTC 272 Motion Graphics, Compositing and Visual Effects
      • PHOT 9 Digital Image Editing for Photographers
      • PHOT 24 Advanced Digital Image Editing for Photographers
      • PHOT 28 Photography Portfolio Development
      • R-TV 04 Broadcast News Field Reporting
      • R-TV 06 Broadcast Traffic Reporting
      • R-TV 19A Beginning Video Production
      • R-TV 19B Advanced Video Production
      • R-TV 22 Editing for Film and Television
      • GEOG 10 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
      • ECT 87 Fundamentals of Construction Inspection
    • Sample Job Titles
      Titles based on SOC Code: 27-4011
      • Audio Technician
      • Audio Visual Specialist (AV Specialist)
      • Audio Visual Technician (AV Technician)
      • Master Control Operator
      • Media Specialist
      • Media Technician
      • Multimedia Educational Specialist
      • Operations Technician
      • Stagehand
      • Video Technician
      Titles based on SOC Code: 27-4021
      • Advertising Photographer
      • Commercial Photographer
      • Newspaper Photographer
      • Owner/Photographer
      • Photo Editor
      • Photographer
      • Photojournalist
      • Portrait Photographer
      • Sports Photographer
      • Studio Owner


    • Salaries
      Wages & Employment Trends based on SOC Code: 27-4011
      Median wages (2018) $21.04 hourly, $43,770 annual
      State wages Local Salary Info
       
      Employment (2016) 83,000 employees
      Projected growth (2016-2026) Faster than average (10% to 14%) Faster than average (10% to 14%)
      Projected job openings (2016-2026) 9,000
      State trends Employment Trends
       
      Top industries (2016)

       

      Wages & Employment Trends based on SOC Code: 27-4021
      Median wages (2018) $16.35 hourly, $34,000 annual
      State wages Local Salary Info
       
      Employment (2016) 147,000 employees
      Projected growth (2016-2026) Decline (-2% or lower) Decline (-2% or lower)
      Projected job openings (2016-2026) 10,300
      State trends Employment Trends
       
      Top industries (2016)
    • Learn More
      For more information, please contact:

      Laurie Hartman, Department Chair | lhartman@mtsac.edu

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