Career Details

Chief Meteorologist


Career Overview

A broadcast meteorologist provides weather forecasts through television or radio broadcasts.


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

Recommended Courses

  • Journalism
  • Psychology
  • Math - as much as possible!
  • Computer Science
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Science - as much as possible!
Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.

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Work Environment

Many meteorologists are employed by universities, scientific services, and the government. The meteorologist featured in the video, Alan, is employed by a television station. Broadcast meteorologists work both in the studio and outside at times.


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

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