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  • Northland Aerospace offers you the first Imagery Analysis program in the country. With the increasing use of unmanned aerial systems, companies are drowning in data with no one to analyze it. The IA program lets you plot a successful path to employment.


Imagery analysis will prepare you to analyze, interpret, and communicate information ranging from full motion video to satellite imagery and present it at the executive level to officials in the government and civilian sector.


Does a job working for the CIA, Department of Agriculture, FBI, MNDOT, FEMA, MN DNR, Customs & Border Patrol, or local law enforcement sound exciting? How many programs can prepare you for a career where you're highly employable anywhere from Alaska to the Middle East? Look no further than Northland's Imagery Analyst program. This program will prepare you to analyze, interpret, and communicate vital imagery information and present them at a professional level to officials in the government and civilian sector.

What is an Imagery Analyst?

An imagery analyst should be able to be a strong communicator (both verbal and nonverbal), an active learner, critical thinker, be able to be very attentive to details, and be proficient on a computer. An imagery analyst also should be able to work independently, use innovation as it relates to the workplace, be adaptable and flexible, be persistent, and have excellent self-control.

Four Core Functions

As an imagery analyst, there are four core functions that you will provide. You will be interacting with technology; namely computers, full motion video, and still imagery. You will be gathering and reporting vital information through observation and analysis from a variety of sources. You will be processing information by compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. You will be communicating verbally and nonverbally to supervisors, peers, and subordinates through all communication channels.

Explosive Growth

With the explosive growth projected in the unmanned sector, the demand for imagery analysts to dissect the data from them will increase dramatically in upcoming years. The 30 credit, two semester, program is the first of it's kind in the nation. If being on the leading edge interests you and you want an education you can put to use ANYWHERE, you have come to the right place, Northland Aerospace!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Imagery Analysis? Imagery Analysis (IA) is essentially learning to interpret photographs, video, satellite imagery, and maps (usually called data) and analyze them to see what they truly show. As an imagery analyst, you will learn to distinguish key subtle features in data that are of critical importance. Imagery analysts use the newest technology and mapping capabilities to communicate their findings to key decision makers.

2. How long is the program? The program consists of 30 credits that take two semesters to complete. The two semesters will be fall and spring, and you can start and finish either semester. Spring semesters start in January and fall semesters start in August.

3. What will I learn? In our program, you will learn how to analyze and interpret all varieties of imagery and present your findings in a professional manner. You will be trained in state-of-the-art simulation labs using the newest technology available. In these labs our instructors (who are industry experts) work side-by-side with you in a hands-on fashion to prepare you for your exciting career. Check out the course list for the program to see the exact classes you will be taking.

4. What kind of job can I get? Upon completion, you can expect to be fully prepared to take an entry-level job as an imagery analyst. Much depends where you want to work as an analyst can find work today all over the world. Places like customs and border patrol, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), government agencies such as the CIA, FSA, DIA, FEMA, and local law enforcement all are in need of skilled imagery analysts.

5. What kind of salary can I expect? The easy answer is you will make what you want based on where you will work. Salary ranges can be anywhere from $40,000 to $150,000 depending on where you are located but the median wage today is $68,000 according to SimplyHired.com. Since this is such a new and emerging field, today's entry-level position will be in prime standing for rapid promotions as the field grows as expected.

6. Is there a lot of hands-on learning? Our program is the perfect blend of classroom instruction with hands-on training. You will be in simulated workplace environments, state-of-the-art labs, and classrooms with the newest technology all along the way. We want you to be successful so we will train you with that in mind!

7. How much is tuition? The average annual cost of attendance at Northland Community & Technical College is $5,517.

8. Are there summer classes available? Summer classes are currently not offered but will be looked at yearly to determine the need. If we see the need, we will prepare to offer summer classes in the future.

9. Are there any prerequisites? The imagery analysis program has no prerequisites!

10. What is a typical day as an IA student like? There really is no "typical" day as an IA student. Each day will bring a new set of experiences where you will learn a valuable skill. Some classes you will take include Imagery Intelligence, Practical Imagery Applications, and Full Motion Video Analysis. The best way to see what a typical day might be is to come and visit us! Set up your visit today at northlandaerospace.com or by calling 218.683.8802, we look forward to meeting you.

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