Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Weather Algorithm Scientist
  • Thermal Intelligence Analyst
  • Spectral Scientist
  • Signal Intelligence Analyst
  • Sensor Specialist
  • Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • Research and Development Director (R&D Director)
  • Remote Sensing Technologist
  • Remote Sensing Specialist
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What They Do

  • Recommend new remote sensing hardware or software acquisitions.
  • Direct installation or testing of new remote sensing hardware or software.
  • Direct all activity associated with implementation, operation, or enhancement of remote sensing hardware or software.
  • Use remote sensing data for forest or carbon tracking activities to assess the impact of environmental change.
  • Set up or maintain remote sensing data collection systems.
  • Compile and format image data to increase its usefulness.
  • Develop new analytical techniques or sensor systems.
  • Monitor quality of remote sensing data collection operations to determine if procedural or equipment changes are necessary.
  • Develop automated routines to correct for the presence of image distorting artifacts, such as ground vegetation.
  • Apply remote sensing data or techniques, such as surface water modeling or dust cloud detection, to address environmental issues.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Recognition and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $109,260 with most people making between $58,630 and $139,720

Outlook

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During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 360 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 350 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 0 replacement openings for approximately 0 total annual openings.



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