In order to pursue a career in meteorology, a degree in meteorology/atmospheric science is needed. In addition to meteorology courses, students should expect to take calculus, physics, and chemistry courses as well. Depending on the career path chosen after graduation , a minor in computer science, communication, geography, social sciences, physics, or math could be beneficial.. Continuing on to graduate school to earn a Master’s degree or Ph.D. is advisable, especially if students are interested in going into a specialty field in meteorology.
So, besides forecasting the weather in a news broadcast what can you do with a degree in meteorology? There are plenty of options! A list put together by the National Severe Storms Laboratory shows the variety of options available, from working for an airline company to being a research meteorologist!(https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/people/jobs/careers.php).
- An operational forecaster analyzes weather conditions and issues forecasts or alerts the public of severe weather for their area.
- A research meteorologist studies more specific areas of weather like severe weather or climate change. They can also develop tools like radar or weather models to help other meteorologists in their jobs.
- A meteorologist in the military makes weather observations and forecasts for missions around the world.
- Airlines use meteorologists to help pilots know what the weather will be like when they take-off, land,and while in the air.
- Electric companies ask meteorologists if a heat wave is coming so they have enough power ready to run lots of air conditioners.
- Road crews ask meteorologists how much snow might be coming so they can make sure they have enough trucks ready.
- Meteorologists tell fruit and vegetable farmers to turn their sprinklers on when a cold snap is coming to help protect crops.
- Meteorologists work with city managers when their town is in the path of a hurricane, if nearby rivers or streams could flood, or if a tornado is coming.
- What if there is a thunderstorm headed for a football stadium full of people? Meteorologists help people in charge of stadiums, arenas, shopping malls and hospitals make critical safety decisions.
- Radio and television stations use meteorologists, both behind the scenes and on the air, to analyze weather data and present it to their audience.