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Remote Sensing Scientists & Technologists

Also called: Remote Sensing Analyst, Scientist, Geospatial Intelligence Analyst, Remote Sensing Program Manager

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What they do:
Apply remote sensing principles and methods to analyze data and solve problems in areas such as natural resource management, urban planning, or homeland security. May develop new sensor systems, analytical techniques, or new applications for existing systems.
On the job, you would:
  • Analyze data acquired from aircraft, satellites, or ground-based platforms, using statistical analysis software, image analysis software, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Manage or analyze data obtained from remote sensing systems to obtain meaningful results.
  • Process aerial or satellite imagery to create products such as landcover maps.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • geography
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Persistence
  • Innovation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Gamma Remote Sensing software
Object or component oriented development software
  • C++
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
Development environment software
  • C
  • Interface definition language IDL

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$91,640
per year, on average
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