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Remote Sensing Technicians

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Collect geospatial data, using technologies such as aerial photography, light and radio wave detection systems, digital satellites, or thermal energy systems.
    • Correct raw data for errors due to factors such as skew or atmospheric variation.
    • Consult with remote sensing scientists, surveyors, cartographers, or engineers to determine project needs.
    • Adjust remotely sensed images for optimum presentation by using software to select image displays, define image set categories, or choose processing routines.
    • Manipulate raw data to enhance interpretation, either on the ground or during remote sensing flights.
    • Merge scanned images or build photo mosaics of large areas, using image processing software.
    • Calibrate data collection equipment.
    • Develop or maintain geospatial information databases.
    • Monitor raw data quality during collection, and make equipment corrections as necessary.
    • Maintain records of survey data.
    • Operate airborne remote sensing equipment, such as survey cameras, sensors, or scanners.
    • Collect verification data on the ground, using equipment such as global positioning receivers, digital cameras, or notebook computers.
    • Develop specialized computer software routines to customize and integrate image analysis.
    • Document methods used and write technical reports containing information collected.
    • Prepare documentation or presentations, including charts, photos, or graphs.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

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

    • Mathematics

      Using mathematics to solve problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Geography

      Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 54830/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 26.36/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,800
    • Yearly Projected Openings 220

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Persistence
    • Achievement/Effort

    Tools

    • Radarbased surveillance systems
    • Infrared imagers
    • Global positioning system GPS receiver
    • Airships
    • Aircraft guidance systems

    Technology

    • Web platform development software
    • Operating system software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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