Meteorologist Career Path

By: Charles Maternoski

Facts

  • Study and observe atmospheric changes
  • Study how weather affects the world
  • Predict weather
  • Use satellites, radars and weather balloons to predict the weather
  • Work for the federal government, armed forces, airports, TV stations, universities, consulting firms and other industries
  • Work 40 hours a week
  • No demand for this job currently
  • In Wisconsin entry level salary is 27,320$, median is 68, 560$ and experienced is 119,250$
  • In the USA entry level salary is 49,120$, median is 89,260$, and experienced is 134,730$.
  • Two other jobs similar to a meteorologist is a weather reporter and researcher.

Pros

  • Work with computers because I love to work with computers
  • Look at weather phenomenons because I am amazed looking at weather
  • You have the oppritunity to help others by saving their lives when you alert people

Cons

  • Working with dangerous things (tornados, lightning)
  • Hard to track the weather and predict it because weather is unpredictable
  • You might have long hours when you wake up to go to work early to get to work because weather is always happening

How to succeed in the career

  • Physics
  • Physical Science
  • Earth Science
All have to do with the earth and weather
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Math
  • Computer Science
You should be good with probability and math to predict the weather and computer science to read computers helping you predict the weather.

Colleges

  • UW-Madison
  • UW-Milwaukee
  • University of Michigan

Possible organizations to work with

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

Room 5128

Washington, DC 20230

1-828-271-4800


amsinfo@ametsoc.org

Phone: 617-227-2425

Fax: 617-742-8718


Headquarters:

45 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108-3693


DC Office:

1200 New York Ave NW, Suites 450 & 500, Washington, DC 20005-3928

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