Skills for the future: the evolution of the Earth Observation sector

A quick view to the EARSC Industry Report on Earth Observation, the most comprehensive market study on the sector

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Figure 1 — Growth in the total number of employees
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Figure 2 — Revenue split by type of customer

New skills for new types of services

A very crucial evolution was detected in the type of services offered. Compared to two years ago, the share of fully automated and semi-automated services grew of around 20% in two years. Bespoke services amounted to 64% of the activities of the sector in 2016. In 2018 the share was reduced to 26%. This trend of growing automation is rooted in the uptake of cloud and online services.

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Figure 3 — Type of services offered, a comparison

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