By: Angie Miller
Interested in the environment? Want to become involved in human affairs? Able to see the bigger picture?
Meteorologists are a branch within the earth and environmental science field. The growth for meteorologists in the next ten years is average at an increased of 7-13% more. The median salary of a meteorologist in the United States is $89,790. From studying to analyzing to preparing and informing the public, meteorologists play an important role in how the environment will affect us.
Work environment for meteorologists is usually a 40-hour workweek usually in an office. Meteorologists in small weather offices will work alone whereas in larger ones will work as part of a team. Fieldwork and travel may also be part of the their work environment. Generally meteorologists study and interpret data, broadcast, gather information, prepare forecasts, conduct research, and developing weather forecasting tools.
Education for meteorologists is focused on natural sciences, mathematics, earth science, and statistics. Meteorologists are usually required to have a Bachelor’s degree in meteorology or a closely related topic. A master’s degree is required for upper-level positions and a PhD is required for research. Also take classes to match specialization such as radio, television, journalism, or policy.
Personality skills that are important for meteorologists include good communication skills, ability to see the bigger picture, and analyzing materials.
Similar careers to meteorologists are physicists, photographers, and occupational health and safety specialists.
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