Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists Career Video
Description: Apply remote sensing principles and methods to analyze data and solve problems in areas such as natural resource management, urban planning, or homeland security. May develop new sensor systems, analytical techniques, or new applications for existing systems.
Remote sensing technology is used to solve problems in natural resource management, farming, urban planning, homeland security, and other areas by using photographic data. Remote sensing scientists, technologists, and technicians produce and interpret the images gathered by this technology. Remote sensing technicians first determine the data a project calls for, typically on behalf of surveyors, engineers, and remote sensing scientists. Then they develop a flight plan to acquire the relevant images, using survey cameras or sensors mounted on drones to collect aerial photography. After checking the images for accuracy, they often enhance them to highlight the data needed for their project. Remote sensing scientists and technologists use statistical analysis software and geographic information systems to analyze and manage data from remote sensing systems, such as aircraft, satellites, or ground based sources. They use images, confirmed by data from field surveys and weather reports, to build databases, create maps, and track different measurements of environmental and climate change. Scientists and technologists also prepare and deliver reports, and explore new ways to use remote sensing technology. Most remote sensing technician positions require a bachelor’s degree in the field, and work experience. Remote sensing scientists and technologists typically need a master's degree, or Ph.D. along with work experience in the field. Courses in geography, cartography, and meteorology are helpful for all positions.