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Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Manage or analyze data obtained from remote sensing systems to obtain meaningful results.
    • Analyze data acquired from aircraft, satellites, or ground-based platforms, using statistical analysis software, image analysis software, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
    • Process aerial or satellite imagery to create products such as land cover maps.
    • Design or implement strategies for collection, analysis, or display of geographic data.
    • Integrate other geospatial data sources into projects.
    • Develop or build databases for remote sensing or related geospatial project information.
    • Collect supporting data, such as climatic or field survey data, to corroborate remote sensing data analyses.
    • Prepare or deliver reports or presentations of geospatial project information.
    • Organize and maintain geospatial data and associated documentation.
    • Conduct research into the application or enhancement of remote sensing technology.
    • Train technicians in the use of remote sensing technology.
    • Attend meetings or seminars or read current literature to maintain knowledge of developments in the field of remote sensing.
    • Apply remote sensing data or techniques, such as surface water modeling or dust cloud detection, to address environmental issues.
    • Develop automated routines to correct for the presence of image distorting artifacts, such as ground vegetation.
    • Compile and format image data to increase its usefulness.
    • 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.
    • Direct installation or testing of new remote sensing hardware or software.
    • Recommend new remote sensing hardware or software acquisitions.


    • 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.

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Deductive Reasoning

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

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).


    • 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.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 99400/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 47.79/hr
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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 610
    • Yearly Projected Openings 60

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


    • Spectrographs
    • Radarbased surveillance systems
    • Airships
    • Aircraft guidance systems
    • Aerial cameras


    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Map creation software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base management system software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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