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Overview: They conduct aerial surveys to prepare land surface (topological) analysis for purposes of environmental planning, mapping & petroleum & mineral exploration. They create photo images by electronic scanning of land surfaces. They interpret data to prepare survey reports.
Duties: They confer with environmental scientists, petroleum and mining geologists and cartographers to identify their needs for aerial surveys of land surfaces. Plan & design photo-image surveys.

Decide upon the electronic scanning equipment needed to satisfy project needs. Consider variables such as land temperatures, soil composition, humidity and altitude for flights.

Operate or control the electronic scanning equipment mounted in airplanes, satellites, or space shuttle aircraft. Interpret the data to prepare survey reports.

Confer with scientists and users of the survey to explain and interpret the photo-images in terms of mineral and soil compositions, topography, and ecological sensitivity.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of photogrammetric engineers is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 due to increasing demand for fast, accurate, and complete geographic information. GIS can be used to create maps and information used in emergency planning, security, marketing, urban planning, natural resource exploration, construction, and other applications. Also, the increased popularity of online interactive mapping systems and GPS devices have created a higher demand for and awareness of current and accurate digital geographic information among consumers.
Starting Salary: Government positions pay about 10% less than private surveying firms.
Salary Range (National Average): $38,000 to $42,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: The usual training for a photogrammetric engineer is a bachelor's degree in surveying and engineering & with a course background in geology, environmental sciences and geography. An associate degree with experience as a cartographic or photogrammetric technician is sometimes acceptable. A knowledge of computer applications is essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.