Career Details for Remote Sensing Scientists & Technologists

Remote Sensing Scientists & Technologists

Also called:

Geospatial Intelligence Analyst, Professor, Remote Sensing Analyst, Scientist

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:

  • Manage or analyze data obtained from remote sensing systems to obtain meaningful results.
  • Analyze data acquired from aircraft, satellites, or ground-based platforms, using statistical analysis software, image analysis software, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Process aerial or satellite imagery to create products such as land cover maps.

lightbulb KNOWLEDGE

Math and Science

  • geography
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design

pencil 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
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

trophy ABILITIES

Verbal

  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking

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

Visual Understanding

  • see hidden patterns

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Achievement/Effort

computer 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

book EDUCATION

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master's degree or
doctoral degree usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

outlook
BRIGHT

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

SALARY
$96,070


per year, on average

This career is part of the green economy!

This career is part of the green economy.
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