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19-4099.03 - 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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The tasks listed below can be performed to prepare you for a career in this field.
  • Participate in the planning or development of mapping projects.
  • Verify integrity and accuracy of data contained in remote sensing image analysis systems.
  • Prepare documentation or presentations, including charts, photos, or graphs.
  • Merge scanned images or build photo mosaics of large areas, using image processing software.
  • Integrate remotely sensed data with other geospatial data.
  • 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.
  • Collect geospatial data, using technologies such as aerial photography, light and radio wave detection systems, digital satellites, or thermal energy systems.
  • Collaborate with agricultural workers to apply remote sensing information to efforts to reduce negative environmental impacts of farming practices.
  • Collect remote sensing data for forest or carbon tracking activities involved in assessing the impact of environmental change.
  • Provide remote sensing data for use in addressing environmental issues, such as surface water modeling or dust cloud detection.
  • Maintain records of survey data.
  • Document methods used and write technical reports containing information collected.
  • Develop specialized computer software routines to customize and integrate image analysis.
  • Collect verification data on the ground, using equipment such as global positioning receivers, digital cameras, or notebook computers.
  • Operate airborne remote sensing equipment, such as survey cameras, sensors, or scanners.
  • Monitor raw data quality during collection, and make equipment corrections as necessary.
  • Evaluate remote sensing project requirements to determine the types of equipment or computer software necessary to meet project requirements, such as specific image types or output resolutions.
  • Develop or maintain geospatial information databases.
  • Correct raw data for errors due to factors such as skew or atmospheric variation.
  • Calibrate data collection equipment.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The items listed below are organized into sections that contain knowledge useful for pursuing a career in this field. Each section also contains a "Percentage of Importance" statistic that shows how relevant an item is to the occupation.
  • 86%
    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
  • 85%
    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 71%
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 Customer and Personal Service
  • 70%
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 Engineering and Technology
  • 70%
    Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 Production and Processing
  • 65%
    Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 English Language
  • 63%
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 Education and Training
  • 57%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 Administration and Management
  • 57%
    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • 56%
    Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The tools listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Crystallography equipment
  • Gamma ray scintillometers
 Radar and sonar systems and components
  • Laser imaging detection and ranging LIDAR systems
  • Synthetic aperture radar SAR
 Light and wave generating and measuring equipment
  • Thermal infrared remote sensing equipment
  • Thermal infrared sensors
 Spectroscopic equipment
  • Hyperspectral imaging equipment
  • Multispectral imaging equipment
  • Web servers
  • Laptop computers
  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
 Computer printers
  • Large format printers
  • Plotters
  • Digital cameras
 Audio and visual equipment
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The technologies listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Business function specific software
  • Atlassian JIRAHOT
  • ConfluenceHOT
  • Microsoft ProjectHOT
  • Ansible softwareHOT
  • Microsoft OfficeHOT
 Finance accounting and enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP softwareHOT
 Content authoring and editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe PhotoshopHOT
  • Microsoft WordHOT
  • Microsoft PowerPointHOT
  • Microsoft ExcelHOT
 Data management and query software
  • Salesforce softwareHOT
  • Microsoft SQL ServerHOT
  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud EC2HOT
  • Amazon Web Services AWS softwareHOT
  • ESRI ArcCatalog
  • Microsoft AccessHOT
  • Oracle softwareHOT
  • ServiceNow
  • Structure query language SQL
  • Google AnalyticsHOT
 Development software
  • VMWareHOT
  • Interface definition language IDL
  • Microsoft .NET FrameworkHOT
  • Microsoft AzureHOT
  • Microsoft PowerShellHOT
  • Verilog
  • C++HOT
  • Microsoft Visual C#
  • Oracle JavaHOT
  • Practical extraction and reporting language PerlHOT
  • PythonHOT
  • RHOT
  • Debugging software
  • Cascading Style Sheets CSSHOT
  • HTML5
  • Hypertext preprocessor PHP
  • JavaScriptHOT
  • ReactHOT
  • jQueryHOT
 Industry specific software
  • Autodesk AutoCADHOT
  • Bentley MicrostationHOT
  • ESRI ArcView 3D AnalystHOT
  • Mathsoft MathcadHOT
  • Common MASINT Exploitation Tool COMET
  • Corpscon
  • Definiens Developer
  • GeoCue
  • GeoCue Corporation PointVue LE
  • Laser imaging detection and ranging LIDAR system
  • Opticks
  • Terrasolid TerraScan
  • The MathWorks MATLABHOT
 Network applications software
  • GitHubHOT
  • Web browser software
 Operating environment software
  • LinuxHOT
  • Magellan Firmware
  • Microsoft Windows ServerHOT
  • Microsoft operating system
  • Shell scriptHOT
  • UNIX ShellHOT
 Information exchange software
  • Applied Imagery Quick Terrain Modeler
  • BAE Systems SOCET SET
  • ESRI ArcGIS softwareHOT
  • ESRI ArcMap
  • ITT Visual Information Solutions ENVI
  • Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE
  • Global positioning system GPS software
 System management software
  • Splunk EnterpriseHOT
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The certifications listed below are useful to pursue if you are interested in a career in this field.
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