Career Outlook

Imaging Science graduates are highly sought after - 99% of our graduates move on to their top choice career or graduate school immediately after graduating, with starting salaries around the $70,000 range with a BS degree. Despite current economic conditions and employment rates, the demand for Imaging Scientists outweighs the supply - and that demand is projected to get even bigger.

One of the common misconceptions about Imaging Science is that our graduates are too specialized, and will become pigeonholed when it comes to finding a career. In reality, this could not be farther from the truth. Imaging Scientists can apply their expertise in the imaging chain to any field imaginable that involves imagery - and just think about all the places you experience images on any given day. In an increasingly technological world, one which involves images on an ever-growing basis, Imaging Scientists are necessary to propel the industry forward.

What kinds of work do Imaging Scientists do?

Imaging Scientists work with science and technology that is focused on the creation and extraction of information from an image, including development and characterization of technologies used in imaging devices, the integration of those technologies into systems, and the use of those systems to visualize a broad range of objects and phenomena. This work can be done in a wide range of application fields, including: aerial imaging, remote sensing, satellite system design, astronomical imaging, biomedical imaging system development, environmental monitoring, disaster response systems, national security and defense, cultural artifact documentation and restoration, vision systems, and more.

RIT Imaging Science graduates are expertly prepared to work in any of these career fields without having to declare a concentration or pursue additional coursework. Many of our students test the waters in multiple fields - for example, a student may enroll in remote sensing electives, pursue summer research in visual perception, complete a senior project in astronomy, and then find a career in national defense. The variety of options available to Imaging Science graduates is one of the reasons many of our students are attracted to the field.

What job titles do Imaging Science graduates have?

Typical job titles include Imaging Scientist, Imaging Systems Scientist, Imaging Systems Engineer, and Systems Engineer. Systems engineer was recently ranked the best job in America based on factors including job satisfaction, working hours, salary, job growth, and job stability (source: CNNMoney).

Imaging Science graduates are valued employees thanks to their unique perspective and diverse knowledgebase that more traditional disciplines lack. Employers appreciate the ability of Imaging Scientists to apply the Imaging Chain towards a full systems perspective in environments that are often times categorized to a restrictive degree. Luckily for them, the phrase, "not my job" is not in an Imaging Scientist's vernacular.

Who hires Imaging Science graduates?

Industry employers:

  • The Aerospace Corporation
  • Apple
  • Aptina Imaging
  • BAE Systems
  • Boeing
  • Canon
  • Google
  • ITT Exelis
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mitre
  • Microsoft
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Pictometry
  • Raytheon
  • UTC Aerospace
  • Xerox

Government and National Laboratory employers:

  • CIA
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratry
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Sandia National Laboratories