Remote Sensing Technicians

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics > Science and Mathematics

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

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.


Web servers

Thermal infrared sensors

Thermal infrared remote sensing equipment

Synthetic aperture radar SAR



Photo enlargers

All Tools

Personal computers

Multispectral imaging equipment

Laser imaging detection and ranging LIDAR systems

Large format printers

Laptop computers

Hyperspectral imaging equipment

Global positioning system GPS receivers

Geophysical magnetometers

Gamma ray scintillometers

Field computers

Digital cameras

Desktop computers


Autodesk AutoCAD

Bentley MicroStation

ESRI ArcGIS software

ESRI ArcView 3D Analyst



The MathWorks MATLAB

All Technologies


Applied Imagery Quick Terrain Modeler


Common MASINT Exploitation Tool COMET


Definiens Developer

ESRI ArcCatalog



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


Terrasolid TerraScan


Critical Thinking

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.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

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.

Systems Analysis

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.

Active Learning

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

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