Remote Sensing Program Manager

Lead a team through the task of gathering satellite and aerial photos.
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Salary Range
$48,000 – $147,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Remote Sensing Program Managers do?

A Remote Sensing Program Manager leads a team that’s tasked with collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data about remote places, such as lakes, mountain ranges, forests, oceans, and even outer space. Before the existence of bucket lifts, airplanes, and spaceships, the only way to get a bird’s-eye view of the world was to scale a tree or climb a mountain. Today, however, there are myriad ways to get a good view of your surroundings — and a Remote Sensing Program Manager knows them all.

When you’re a Remote Sensing Program Manager, you, together with your team, use aerial photography, satellite images, global positioning systems (GPS), and geographic information systems (GIS) to measure an area’s size and shape, to gauge its surface temperature, to map its topographical features, and to determine its natural resources. Your team might consist of Cartographers, Civil Engineers, Geographers, Geologists, Surveyors, and GIS Technologists, among others.

Your emphasis is on management, oversight, and supervision. A Project Manager who handles three Ps — planning, prioritizing, and problem solving — you’re therefore responsible for managing schedules, budgets, people, and processes. In other words: Your team usually does the actual data collection and analysis, but it’s up to you to make sure they do it accurately, on time, on budget, and with the right tools.

Under your direction, Scientists can study the effects of climate change on forests, Geologists can discover oil underneath the ocean floor, and Environmental Engineers can monitor pollution in lakes and rivers — all without the time, expense, and hassle of physically exploring difficult terrain.

Should I be a Remote Sensing Program Manager?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to Become a
    Remote Sensing Program Manager

    Most Remote Sensing Program Managers have a Doctorate or a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:ajav9e&chl=|certificate+%288%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2838%25%29|master%27s+%2850%25%29|doctorate+%284%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,50
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