Remote Sensing Technician

Create detailed maps using data from satellites and aerial photographs.
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Salary Range
$26,000 – $71,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Remote Sensing Technicians do?

Remote sensing is the cutting edge of mapmaking and cartography science. You use data gathered from satellites and high-altitude planes to create complex, fully featured maps. The sheer volume of information that can be gathered using remote sensing technology is so overwhelming that Remote Sensing Technicians are frequently called upon to assist in the design, implementation, and upkeep of systems to process that data.

As a Remote Sensing Technician, you’re part of a team putting together maps. You are managed directly by a Remote Sensing Scientist, and likely answer to a Remote Sensing Analyst. The most important things you can bring to the table are a keen eye for detail and experience with computer programming and information systems.

The Remote Sensing Technician is expected to help weave complex information into smooth, functional maps. You do the most hands-on, regular, routine work, handling raw data and making the minute-to-minute decisions that help create a map from raw data. When something goes wrong, you will be in the thick of things getting it sorted out. Bring your thinking hat to work every day and be ready to use it.

While you may one day want to advance to being a Scientist or Analyst, you may find being a Technician more challenging and satisfying. Every project you help assemble ends with a tangible outcome: a new map for a government agency or private business. Your knowledge of remote sensing could even land you in the airline industry, helping to plan new flight or landing routes using data gathered from planes and satellites.

The world is a big place. What do you want to do with it?

Should I be a Remote Sensing Technician?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Remote Sensing Technologist

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