Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists

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Remote sensing scientists and technologists analyze and manage data obtained from remote sensing systems. This data may come from satellites, aircraft, or ground-based platforms. Their findings help to solve problems in such areas as natural resource management, urban planning, or homeland security. Scientists and technologists use statistical and image analysis software, such as Geographic Information Systems, to analyze data. There are approximately 17,320 physical scientists, including remote sensing scientists and technologists, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Collect and analyze data from remote sensor systems to help solve problems in areas such as natural resource management, urban planning, and homeland security; create land maps using satellite data
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country, with many jobs located in California, Virginia, Maryland, Texas, and New York
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
Experience Five or more years experience; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Math
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Remote Sensing Scientist or Technologist
  • Remote Sensing Scientist or Technologist
  • Associate Remote Sensing Scientist or Technologist
  • Intern, Remote Sensing

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