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What is a Remote Sensing Technician?

Job Description & Duties 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.

What Do Remote Sensing Technicians Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Collect verification data on the ground, using equipment such as global positioning receivers, digital cameras, or notebook computers.
  • Evaluate remote sensing project requirements to determine the types of equipment or computer software necessary to meet project requirements, such as specific image types or output resolutions.
  • Merge scanned images or build photo mosaics of large areas, using image processing software.
  • Collect geospatial data, using technologies such as aerial photography, light and radio wave detection systems, digital satellites, or thermal energy systems.
  • Consult with remote sensing scientists, surveyors, cartographers, or engineers to determine project needs.
  • Collect remote sensing data for forest or carbon tracking activities involved in assessing the impact of environmental change.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Remote Sensing Technician?

Below is a list of the skills most Remote Sensing Technicians say are important on the job.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Remote Sensing Technician Job Outlook

There were about 76,100 jobs for Remote Sensing Technician in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.7% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 7,400 new jobs for Remote Sensing Technician by 2026. There will be an estimated 9,900 positions for Remote Sensing Technician per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Remote Sensing Technician are Utah, Texas, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, Maine, or Alaska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Remote Sensing Technician Average Salary

Remote Sensing Technicians make between $29,830 and $80,370 a year.

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Remote Sensing Technicians who work in Maryland, Connecticut, or Rhode Island, make the highest salaries.

How much do Remote Sensing Technicians make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $46,600
Alaska $56,470
Arizona $51,250
Arkansas $50,740
California $56,670
Colorado $51,890
Connecticut $62,090
District of Columbia $61,000
Florida $45,200
Georgia $52,690
Hawaii $57,310
Idaho $42,220
Illinois $51,130
Indiana $51,970
Iowa $46,740
Kansas $51,960
Kentucky $52,340
Louisiana $47,250
Maine $55,220
Maryland $69,500
Massachusetts $63,450
Michigan $43,640
Minnesota $50,440
Mississippi $52,950
Missouri $49,590
Montana $43,930
Nebraska $58,150
Nevada $47,690
New Hampshire $57,990
New Jersey $60,660
New Mexico $59,850
New York $53,380
North Carolina $53,390
North Dakota $52,050
Ohio $52,690
Oklahoma $57,950
Oregon $51,800
Pennsylvania $50,410
Rhode Island $59,480
South Carolina $56,910
South Dakota $45,190
Tennessee $43,440
Texas $54,290
Utah $50,980
Virginia $52,180
Washington $55,920
West Virginia $55,930
Wisconsin $52,500
Wyoming $53,940

What Tools & Technology do Remote Sensing Technicians Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Remote Sensing Technicians may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web browser software
  • Python
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Project
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • SAS
  • UNIX
  • R
  • Bentley Microstation
  • Global positioning system GPS software
  • Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Interface definition language IDL
  • ESRI ArcView 3D Analyst
  • ITT Visual Information Solutions ENVI

Becoming a Remote Sensing Technician

Individuals working as a Remote Sensing Technician have obtained the following education levels:

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What work experience do I need to become a Remote Sensing Technician?

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Where do Remote Sensing Technicians Work?

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The table below shows the approximate number of Remote Sensing Technicians employed by various industries.

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Image Credit: U.S. Department of Energy from United States via public domain

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