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Remote Sensing Technicians

Also called: Digital Cartographic Technician, Geospatial Extractor, Meteorologist Liaison, Research Associate

Where in the Army? In the Army: AVENGER Crewmember (USAR/NG only); Air Defense (AD) Enhanced Early Warning System Operator; Aviation All-Source Intelligence; Electronic Warfare Specialist; Geospatial Engineer; Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Technician; Intelligence Senior Sergeant; PATRIOT Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer; Signals Acquisition/Exploitation Analyst; Signals Intelligence Analysis Technician

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What they do:
Apply remote sensing technologies to assist scientists in areas such as natural resources, urban planning, or homeland security. May prepare flight plans or sensor configurations for flight trips.
On the job, you would:
  • Collect geospatial data, using technologies such as aerial photography, light and radio wave detection systems, digital satellites, or thermal energy systems.
  • Verify integrity and accuracy of data contained in remote sensing image analysis systems.
  • Integrate remotely sensed data with other geospatial data.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • geography
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Business
  • customer service
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work related information
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

Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS statistical software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Operating system software
  • Microsoft Windows Server Hot Technology
  • UNIX Shell Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$49,030
$30,240
$80,810

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