Career Details

Meteorologist

Career Overview

Meteorologists collect data about the climate and weather and make forecasts about the future. They often use computers, mathematical models, and data from satellites and radar to do this. Make sure to use the search box to find Christian and Allan to learn about what broadcast meteorologists do!

Education

A four-year bachelor’s degree in a scientific field such as atmospheric sciences, physics, chemistry, or another related field is probably necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's or doctorate) in a related field, which may take an additional two-five years to earn, would be more valuable. Some broadcast meteorologists may have communication-related degrees with some extra coursework in the sciences.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$48,000 /yr
$85,000 /yr
$140,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • Computer Science
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Science - as much as possible!
  • Communication
Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location, and they will be best for people with more than a four-year college degree.

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Work Environment

Most atmospheric scientists work indoors in weather stations, offices, or laboratories. Occasionally, they do fieldwork, which means working outdoors to examine the weather. Some atmospheric scientists may have to work extended hours during weather emergencies.

Schools
References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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