An expert in or student of meteorology; a weather forecaster

Requirments For This Career

If your school offers calculus and physics, take these two classes because they'll help you a lot once you get into college. The basic requirement for becoming a meteorologist or a climatologist is a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Sciences.

How to get a meteorologist license/certification

Take the right courses in high school. If you want to become a meteorologist, start preparing in high school. Take advanced math and science courses. Many schools offer AP courses that can transfer into college credit.

  • Take calculus, physics, chemistry, and earth science.
  • Hone your writing skills in English classes. Being a scientist means writing research papers and lab reports. If you become a meteorologist on a television station, you will have to communicate clearly.

Obtain a bachelor's degree in science. Meteorologists receive a bachelor's of science degree in meteorology or atmospheric sciences.

  • In college, you will take math and science classes, such as calculus, physics, dynamics, synoptics, and some computer programming courses.

  • Some meteorologists receive degrees which combine meteorology with other scientific fields, such as chemistry, geology, oceanography, physics, or statistics.

    It may be beneficial to take computer science classes during your degrees, too.

  • If you want to be a TV meteorologist, take classes in journalism, speech, or other media-related fields.
  • If you want to start working for the government right after your bachelor's degree, you will have to have completed courses which fall under strict guidelines

    You must have at least 24 credit hours of atmospheric science or meteorology.

Examples Of Meteorologists At Work

My Reasons For Choosing Meteorology


  • You get to investigate important data on weather
  • Learn meteorology, science, & master calculus
  • Can get the opportunity to do weather forecasting on television
  • Learn about the mysteries of mother nature
  • Help provide information of severe weather, therefore help citizens prepare for natural disasters.

Colleges/Universities That Offer Careers In Meteorology

San Francisco State University
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science with Concentration in Meteorology: BS: BS
Geosciences: MS
Meteorology for Broadcasters (AMS Seal): Certificate in Weather Study
Tel: (415) 338-2061
Fax: (415) 338-7705
POC: Dr. John Monteverdi,
Department of Geosciences
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

University of Northern Colorado
Earth Sciences with Emphasis in Meteorology: BS
Tel: (970) 351-2647
Fax: (970) 351-4197
POC: Dr. Gary R. Huffines, Program Manager,
School of Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Physics
Earth Sciences Program
University of Northern Colorado
501 20th Street CB 100
Greeley, CO 80639

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL)
Applied Meteorology: BS; Minor
Tel: (386) 226-6858
POC: Thomas A. Guinn, Ph.D.
Department of Applied Aviation Sciences (Daytona)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900
Alternate campus in Prescott, AZ

Amount Of Money Per Year, To Complete Meteorologist Career

San Francisco State University

Cost of Attendance

In-state: $24,648
Out-of-state: $35,808

Tuition and Fees

In-state: $6,476
Out-of-state: $17,636

Room and Board:$13,434

Books and Supplies:$1,860

Other Expenses:$2,878

University Of Northern Colorado


Colorado Residents

  • Tuition: $6,024
  • Room and Board:$10,560
  • Books and Supplies: $1,350
  • Other Fees: $1,709
  • $31,187

    Non Residents

    • Tuition: $17,568
    • Room and Board:$10,560
    • Books and Supplies: $1,350
    • Other Fees: $1,709

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL)

Tuition and Fees



Room and Board:$9,550

Books and Supplies:$1,400

Other Expenses:$1,214

Annual Salary For Meteorologist Career

annual salary:$48,000

Amount Of Time It Takes For Completion Of Career

Four Years

Degree Types. At minimum, meteorologists need a Bachelor of Science degree, which typically takes four years to complete. However, many meteorologists choose to pursue Master of Science or even doctoral degrees.

Colleges I Would Like To Attend For This Career

San Francisco State University

University Of Northern Colorado

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL)