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Earth Observation Scientist

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Role Description

Earth observation scientists use data gathered by satellites to measure and observe changes around the globe, such as water levels or ice extent. They use this data to monitor and model these changes, as well as to build climate change models that help us understand the human impact on climate and environment and find ways to predict and prevent natural disasters.


This job requires some knowledge of computer programming needed for modelling and processing large quantities of data.


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Starting salary £25,000 to £30,000
Senior position £40,000 to £45,000+

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Usually 9am to 5pm.

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Earth observation is a growing field with a lot of questions still unanswered – the improvement in technology and satellites sent to the orbit more information about our planet is revealed each year.

Skills Valued by Employers

  • Strong interest and knowledge in climate and atmospheric changes
  • Attention to details
  • Experience with data analysis of large quantities of data
  • Experience with coding languages (e.g., Python)
  • Good analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills


Employers of Earth Observation Scientists