Drone degrees: Universities train students for future of flight

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When the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalizes the regulations on commercial drones, as it is expected to do by the end of 2015, an entirely new industry will develop. Experts say it could generate as much as $89 billion dollars over the next decade, as high-tech jobs are created in designing, manufacturing, operating and maintaining fleets of drones.

In anticipation of the day when commercial drones can roam the skies, engineering students in Nevada are trying to get a head start on jobs in the emerging field.

Orion Vazquez, 23, will be one of the first students to earn a “drone degree” from the University of Nevada when he graduates in May. He is an engineering student minoring in drone technology.

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