Come Rain or Shine; Careers in Meteorology Emma Thompson Forecasts an Interesting Career Studying the Weather
Byline: Emma Thompson
What does a career as a meteorologist involve? Meteorologists study the earth''s atmosphere, climate and weather. They collect and interpret data to make weather forecasts, not only for the general public but also for use in agriculture, aviation and the armed forces.
As a meteorologist you could specialise in one of two main areas - forecasting or research.
In forecasting, you might: collect data from satellite images, radar, remote sensors and weather stations; measure air pressure, wind, temperature and humidity; apply computer models and scientific principles to make forecasts.
In research, you might: investigate weather patterns and climate change; develop and improve computer forecasting models; apply research to practical problems, such as predicting floods or how the weather affects the spread of pollution or disease.
What personal skills are needed? Excellent mathematical and computing skills are essential, along with good communication skills, a methodical approach to work and the ability to analyse complex data.
What training do you need? To work in forecasting or research, you will likely need the following qualifications: a first or upper second class degree in meteorology, maths, a science or computer science; A levels in maths and/or physics and five GCSEs (A-C), including English. …