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Remote Sensing Technicians
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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.

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Currently Employed: 378

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $23.74 - $43.29

Typical Annual Salary: $49,400 - $90,000

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Correct raw data for errors due to factors such as skew or atmospheric variation.
  • Integrate remotely sensed data with other geospatial data.
  • Consult with remote sensing scientists, surveyors, cartographers, or engineers to determine project needs.
  • Adjust remotely sensed images for optimum presentation by using software to select image displays, define image set categories, or choose processing routines.
  • Manipulate raw data to enhance interpretation, either on the ground or during remote sensing flights.
  • Merge scanned images or build photo mosaics of large areas, using image processing software.
  • Calibrate data collection equipment.
  • Develop or maintain geospatial information databases.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Infrared imagers
  • Magnetometer geophysical instruments
  • Radarbased surveillance systems
  • Scintillation crystal assemblies
  • Spectrographs

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Map creation software
  • Object or component oriented development software

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