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Career Opportunities with a Major in Meteorology


Erik is a Manager of Weather and Streamflow Forecasting at the U.S. Department of Energy. Based out of Portland, Oregon, Erik's main responsibility is to forecast the weather and streamflows for all federal dams in the Pacific Northwest for electricity generation.

 

Many jobs require a college educated individual. College graduates can use their education in a wide variety of occupations.

Meteorology is the science of the atmosphere. Modern meteorologists are involved in operational meteorology, meteorological research, applied meteorology and the media. This can include weather observing, forecasting, research, and dissemination of weather information to the public. Meteorologists also study global weather and climate, and investigate the influence that human beings exert on Earth's climate.

 

Skills Related to Meteorology

  • Ability to organize, analyze and interpret data
  • Sound decision-making abilities
  • Proficient in oral and written communications with ability to explain complex meteorological concepts to others

 

Potential Careers Related to Meteorology

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Meteorology major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Meteorology majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

 

Broadcaster Manager Meteorologist
Satellite Image Manager Researcher Weather Forecaster - TV, radio, print
College Professor Storm Chaser Climatologist
Meteorological Equipment Repairer Applied or Engineering Meteorologist CAD CAM Designer
Computer Programmer Consultant Dynamic Meteorologist
Environmental Engineer Environmental Health Specialist Flight Dispatcher
Geologist Geophysicist Hydrologist
Instrument Technician Oceanographer Operational/Synoptic Meteorologist
Physical Meteorologist Science Laboratory Technician Scientific Hobby Supplier
Scientific Photographer Statistician  

 

Employers in Meteorology

  • Airlines
  • Armed Forces
  • Atmospheric Research Centers
  • Business Corporations
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Engineering Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Local, State, and National Weather Services
  • Manufacturers of Meteorological Instruments
  • Newspapers
  • Private Consulting Firms
  • Professional/Technical Journals
  • Radio and TV stations
  • Satellite Research Centers

 

Web Sites Related to Meteorology

 

Professional Organizations in this Field

The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.


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