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Your job is to 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.
Common job titles of Remote Sensing Technicians include:
Experience and Education
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.
62.04% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
9.49% said they needed a High School Diploma.
Collaborate with agricultural workers to apply remote sensing information to efforts to reduce negative environmental impacts of farming practices.
Collect remote sensing data for forest or carbon tracking activities involved in assessing the impact of environmental change.
Provide remote sensing data for use in addressing environmental issues, such as surface water modeling or dust cloud detection.
Integrate remotely sensed data with other geospatial data.
Adjust remotely sensed images for optimum presentation by using software to select image displays, define image set categories, or choose processing routines.
Verify integrity and accuracy of data contained in remote sensing image analysis systems.
Manipulate raw data to enhance interpretation, either on the ground or during remote sensing flights.
Collect geospatial data, using technologies such as aerial photography, light and radio wave detection systems, digital satellites, or thermal energy systems.
Correct raw data for errors due to factors such as skew or atmospheric variation.
Consult with remote sensing scientists, surveyors, cartographers, or engineers to determine project needs.
Develop or maintain geospatial information databases.
Evaluate remote sensing project requirements to determine the types of equipment or computer software necessary to meet project requirements, such as specific image types or output resolutions.
Merge scanned images or build photo mosaics of large areas, using image processing software.
Prepare documentation or presentations, including charts, photos, or graphs.
Monitor raw data quality during collection, and make equipment corrections as necessary.
Collect verification data on the ground, using equipment such as global positioning receivers, digital cameras, or notebook computers.
Develop specialized computer software routines to customize and integrate image analysis.
Maintain records of survey data.
Participate in the planning or development of mapping projects.
Calibrate data collection equipment.
Operate airborne remote sensing equipment, such as survey cameras, sensors, or scanners.
Document methods used and write technical reports containing information collected.
Thermal infrared sensors
Thermal infrared remote sensing equipment
Synthetic aperture radar SAR
Photo enlargersAll Tools
Multispectral imaging equipment
Laser imaging detection and ranging LIDAR systems
Large format printers
Hyperspectral imaging equipment
Global positioning system GPS receivers
Gamma ray scintillometers
ESRI ArcGIS software
ESRI ArcView 3D Analyst
The MathWorks MATLABAll Technologies
Applied Imagery Quick Terrain Modeler
BAE Systems SOCET SET
Common MASINT Exploitation Tool COMET
GeoCue Corporation PointVue LE
Global positioning system GPS software
Interface definition language IDL
ITT Visual Information Solutions ENVI
Laser imaging detection and ranging LIDAR system
Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Cognitive Abilities › Perceptual Abilities › Flexibility of Closure
Choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Mathematical Reasoning
Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.