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Remote Sensing Scientist

Remote Sensing Scientists use sensors to analyze data and solve regional, national, and global problems in areas such as natural resource management, urban planning, and climate and weather prediction.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

Remote Sensing Analyst, Scientist, Geospatial Intelligence Analyst, Remote Sensing Program Manager, Remote Sensing Scientist, Research Scientist, Sensor Specialist, Global Information Service Specialist

 

Summary

The Earth has a temperature, mountains, blowing wind, and flowing water. Capturing information about these and other global features can help scientists get a present-day picture about the Earth and help make decisions about our future. But how do scientists gather information? They use sensors, devices that detect and measure physical quantities and then convert them into signals that can be read by an instrument or observer. Remote sensing scientists or technologists oversee the collection of this information and interpret the data. They work with databases to store these large amounts of data and then share the data in reports or in maps.

 

Educational Requirements

A bachelor's or graduate degree is usually required for professional status. Such fields as mathematics, statistics, computer science, biological and physical sciences, as well as engineering and physical geography all provide good training for remote sensing. A highly interdisciplinary education often serves as a good foundation for professional work in this field.

 

Median Salary 2018

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of a Remote Sensing Scientist in 2018 was $107,230.

 

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Information retrieved from Science Buddies: Remote Sensing Scientist or Technologist, Imaging and Geospatial Information Society: Career Brochure and O*NET Online: Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists.

 

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