To get started in this career, you will need a bachelor's degree in atmospheric science, meteorology, or a closely related field. These degrees require classes in atmospheric sciences, chemistry, physics, environmental science, math, and earth science.
Meteorologists study weather patterns and use sophisticated models to forecast the weather. Meteorologists, also called atmospheric scientists, study the earth's atmosphere, its physical characteristics and movements, and how these will affect the environment.
Salaries vary depending on education, experience, and place of employment. Meteorologists earn a median salary of $70,100 per year.