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|Overview:||Photo-optics technicians calibrate and operate scientific photographic instruments to collect data needed for scientific and engineering purposes. They install the instruments in satellites and underwater devices. They analyze data and design new measurement procedures.|
|Duties:||They confer with scientists, researchers and technical analysts to identify their specific photographic needs in order to accomplish project or professional objectives.
They decide what photo-optical specifications and equipment to provide and install and calibrate the equipment for the user. They train clients how to use the equipment.
They operate highly technical photo-optic instruments to assure accurate collection of data and photographs for one-time costly projects such as satellite launches and underwater exploration.
They analyze photographs and data collected by the photo-optic system to assure quality and ability to interpret data needed for project objectives. They modify equipment calibration as needed.
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|Job Outlook:||Employment of photo-optics technicians is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Growth of Internet versions of media will require increasing numbers of photo-optics technicians to provide digital images. The Internet and improved data management programs also should make it easier for freelancers to market directly to their customers, increasing opportunities for self-employment and decreasing reliance on stock photo agencies.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$30,000 to $34,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||An associate degree with a major in physical science or engineering technology is the appropriate educational preparation for this occupation. Courses in photographic technology, computer applications and statistics are essential.|
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 Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.