How to Become a Photogrammetrist

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Photogrammetry is using photographic images to determine the geometric properties of objects. Photogrammetrists are highly trained professionals that specialize in measuring and mapping the surface of the earth.

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What does a photogrammetrist do?

Photogrammetrists use photographs to obtain, examine, interpret, and map a variety of geographic information. They obtain, evaluate, and interpret spatial and non-spatial data. They plan and supervise aerial and ground surveys, airborne camera operation, and acquisition of images. They also take on requested projects from other professionals. Many photogrammetrists perform geographical research and others obtain data to create maps to portray the physical and social characteristics of land areas. They often create maps in graphic and digital form. Photogrammetrists often use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to complete their daily tasks. They also use light-imaging detection and ranging (LIDAR) and other sophisticated technologies. They often present their data to other professionals to analyze a variety of land areas. Photogrammetrists often work with surveying and mapping technicians in collecting data.

What kind of training does a photogrammetrist need?

Photogrammetrists typically need at least a bachelor degree in geography, surveying, or other related field. Many colleges and universities offer programs that include photogrammerty Prospective photogrammetrists typically complete courses in biology, chemistry, algebra, trigonometry, computer programming, and geography. Most photogrammetrists complete internships while pursuing their education to gain practical experience in the field. Some states require photogrammetrists to be licensed surveyors and others have specific photogrammetrist licenses. Many photogrammetrists gain voluntary certification from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) to remain competitive in the field. Certification requirements typically include minim work experience and passing a written examination. Photogrammetrists must complete regular continuing education to keep their skills current and stay up to date with advancements in the field.

What are the prospects for a career as a photogrammetrist?

Employment of photogrammetrists is expected to grow faster than average for all professions, increasing 19% from 2008 to 2018 (1). The growing population and increased demand for accurate and fast geographic information will drive job growth.

Job prospects should be favorable, especially for photogrammetrists with advanced education and sufficient work experience. Some job openings will arise from the need to replace photogrammetrists that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.

How much do photogrammetrists make?

As of March 2010, the average annual salary for photogrammetrists is $47,000; average annual photogrammetrist salaries vary greatly on location, employer, education, experience, and benefits (2).

A career as a photogrammetrist is an excellent choice for individuals with a strong interest in photogrammetry. Photogrammetrists must have a solid understanding of the practices and principles of photogrammetry and using a variety of techniques to map the surface of the earth. Patience, detail orientation, precision, accuracy, and good problem solving skills are necessary traits. Photogrammetrists must have good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team. They must also be able to work in a variety of locations.

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