Remote Sensing Technicians

Remote Sensing Technician Records Data

Remote sensing technicians assist remote sensing scientists and technologists in collecting geographical or geological field data. They work on projects regarding natural resources, urban planning, or homeland security. They help in the planning and development of mapping projects, calibrate remote sensing equipment and remotely sensed images, and prepare documentation and presentations such as charts and photographs. There are approximately 76,000 life, physical, and social science technicians, the category that includes remote sensing technicians, employed in the United States. The closely related field of cartography employs about 12,000 cartographers.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Contribute to the development and planning of mapping projects; assist remote sensing scientists in collecting and analyzing data to solve problems in areas such as natural resources, urban planning, or homeland security
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
Experience Two to three years experience; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • 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 Technician
  • Remote Sensing Technician
  • Apprentice, Remote Sensing Technician

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