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ASO Job Search – Key Words

If you’re searching the internet for your next Airborne Sensor Operator (ASO) job, here are just a few common titles to plug in the search window, i.e., they should give you a good view of current opportunities (primarily in the commercial / contracting sectors):

• Airborne Sensor Operator
• Sensor Operator
• UAV (RPA) Sensor Operator
• Aerial Acquisition Operator
• Payload Operator
• UAV (RPA) Payload Operator

• Aerial Survey Navigator
• Aerial Survey Technician
• Aerostat Operator
• Aerial Photographer or Videographer
• ELINT/EW Operator or Technician

• (Primary or Secondary ASO Title) / Instructor
• (Primary or Secondary ASO Title) /Field Operations Specialist
• (Primary or Secondary ASO Title) / Field Service Representative
• (Primary or Secondary ASO Title) / Technician
• (Primary or Secondary ASO Title) / System Engineer or Integration Engineer
• (Primary or Secondary ASO Title) / Imagery Analyst
• (Aerial Surveying, Mapping, ISR, etc.) / Project or Program Manager
• (Aerial Surveying, Mapping, ISR, photography, etc,) / Planner

Bottom-Line, if you’re running an internet job search campaign, it’s a good idea to write-down keywords to help with your search but also for building your resume and preparing for interviews.

If you know of other keywords related to the ASO profession and how to search for a job, please share...More the better!

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ASOG Members,

You might find this guide or checklist useful in your ASO profession. Based on some ASOs networking regarding career transition and job searching, several of the members of our group put together this simple guide to help. It’s based on their experience, and they just wanted to share their humble thoughts to further the ASO profession and our fellow ASOs.

Below is just is an excerpt from the guide. You can find the full document in the member’s only “Career Center” – “Career Path” – “Career Management Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP)” section of the ASOG webpage (

If you want to contribute additional information to this guide, please speak up, and we’ll put it in the 2nd edition.


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The Airborne Sensor Operator Career Transition Checklist is intended to serve as an initial job search or career transition tool for Airborne Sensor Operators (ASOs) seeking information on various types of aerial remote-sensing industry sectors.

The checklist section of this guide reflects many of the tasks related to successfully transitioning from one ASO job or aerial work industry sector to another. Every job search situation is different, so personalize the checklist as needed. This guide is divided into sections for ease; however, tasks from “Flight planning,” “Preflight,” and “Taxi & Take-Off” phases may overlap.

Lastly, this is a living document which is periodically updated by the ASOG community to reflect changes in aviation, remote-sensing practices, and the professional environment. Please send suggestions, edits, errata, questions, and comments to

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