Career as a Remote Sensing Scientist and Technologist

Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists 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. They analyze data acquired from aircraft, satellites, or ground-based platforms, using statistical analysis software, image analysis software, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS). They manage or analyze data obtained from remote sensing systems to obtain meaningful results. They Process aerial or satellite imagery to create products such as land cover maps and develop or build databases for remote sensing or related geospatial project information. They also monitor quality of remote sensing data collection operations to determine if procedural or equipment changes are necessary. Teams usually work together and discuss project goals and collect information. Teams are also constantly trying to design new ways to present the data they collect efficiently and clearly, as their audience consists mostly of superiors who do not understand the technology and equipment that they work with. They may also be dispatched occasionally to collect data in the field when needed. Remote sensing technicians also direct all activities related to remote sensing, and may briefly train other teammates on how to use certain equipment. All operations are usually overseen by a remote sensing scientist or a remote sensing analyst.

  • Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists work indoors in high security locations in order to collect information without being detected by enemy forces. The workplace is typically a clean office environment. There are long hours in front of the computer. Working hours fall within the guidelines of typical office hours, but extended hours and weekends are common. This can be a stressful environment because the data that is being handled is top priority and very secure. Personnel must abide by military rules at all times. Outside of the military, technicians can find positions at science labs and companies doing very similar work.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Geography, Cartography, Civil Engineering, or related field.

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