Remote sensing scientists and technologists study data gathered by aircraft, satellites or ground-based systems, frequently using statistical analysis software, to solve problems in resource management, homeland security, and urban planning. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of surveying and mapping technicians is expected to continue rising thanks to recent advances in data-based mapping technology.
In 2010, U.S. Surveying and Mapping Technicians earned national median wages of $18.22 per hour, or $37,900 per year (data not available for remote sensing scientists and technologists). 56,900 surveying and mapping technicians were employed in the U.S., a figure set to rise by 16% by 2020, creating 900 new job openings. A glance at the jobs currently available at both the national and local levels reveals a career path rich with opportunity.
If you are interested in a career in remote sensing technology, NC State, with one of the oldest and most respected statistics programs in the nation, can help. Most remote sensing technology jobs require a master’s degree, and some require PhD. After earning your MS in Statistics online, augmented with a Certificate in Statistical Computing, you can pursue your PhD on our campus in Raleigh.
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