Profession remote sensing technician

Remote sensing technicians collect airborne data. They utilise equipment aimed for the collection of data and determination of geographical points in order to help in a variety of operations such as land conservation, urban planning, and military operations.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • Surveying

    The technique of determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them.

  • Geodesy

    The scientific discipline that combines applied mathematics and earth sciences in order to measure and represent the Earth. It studies phenomena such as gravitational fields, polar motion, and tides.

  • Remote sensing techniques

    The different techniques to obtain information on objects and phenomena on Earth's surface without having physical contact with them, such as electromagnetic radiation, radar imaging, and sonar imaging.

  • Photogrammetry

    The science of taking photographs from at least two different locations in order to measure land surfaces to be represented in a map, 3D model or physical model.

  • Geography

    The scientific discipline that studies the land, phenomena, characteristics and inhabitants of Earth. This field seeks to understand the natural and man-made complexities of Earth.

  • Geographic information systems

    The tools involved in geographical mapping and positioning, such as GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing).

  • Geomatics

    The scientific discipline that studies gathering, storing, and processing geographic information.


  • Possess visual literacy

    Interpret charts, maps, graphics, and other pictorial presentations used in place of the written word. The graphics used vary from process to process; therefore, the professional must have sufficient knowledge of the field in order to follow and use the information presented.

  • Execute analytical mathematical calculations

    Apply mathematical methods and make use of calculation technologies in order to perform analyses and devise solutions to specific problems.

  • Collect data using GPS

    Gather data in the field using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices.

  • Study radar images

    Analyse radar images to study phenomena on Earth's surface.

  • Use geographic information systems

    Work with computer data systems such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

  • Keep task records

    Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.

  • Study aerial photos

    Use aerial photos to study phenomena on Earth's surface.

Optional knowledge and skills

civil engineering use cad software conduct research on climate processes prepare geological map sections geology compile gis-data engineering principles topography create gis reports operate remote sensing equipment earth science geophysics research remote sensing technologies interpret geophysical data create strategic maps collect mapping data cartography create cadastral maps assist scientific research create thematic maps develop geological databases apply digital mapping

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