Remote Sensing Technician  What They Do

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Remote Sensing Technicians Career Video



Applies 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.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Collects geospatial data, using technologies such as aerial photography, light and radio wave detection systems, digital satellites, or thermal energy systems.
  • Verifies integrity and accuracy of data contained in remote sensing image analysis systems.
  • Integrates remotely sensed data with other geospatial data.
  • Consults with remote sensing scientists, surveyors, cartographers, or engineers to determine project needs.
  • Adjusts remotely sensed images for optimum presentation by using software to select image displays, define image set categories, or choose processing routines.
  • Manipulates raw data to enhance interpretation, either on the ground or during remote sensing flights.
  • Merges scanned images or builds photo mosaics of large areas, using image processing software.
  • Participates in the planning or development of mapping projects.
  • Prepares documentation or presentations, including charts, photos, or graphs.
  • Corrects raw data for errors due to factors such as skew or atmospheric variation.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel

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