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
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.
Employers in Meteorology
- Armed Forces
- Atmospheric Research Centers
- Business Corporations
- Engineering Firms
- Government Agencies
- Local, State, and National Weather Services
- Manufacturers of Meteorological Instruments
- Private Consulting Firms
- Professional/Technical Journals
- Radio and TV stations
- Satellite Research Centers
Web Sites Related to Meteorology
- MSU Denver Department of Meteorology Website
- Jobs in Meteorology
- National Geographic
- The National Weather Association Job Center
- The NOAA Weather Page
Professional Organizations in this Field
- American Geophysical Union
- American Meteorological Society
- National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration
- National Weather Association
- World Meteorological Organization
The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.