Forecast for Your Career: Sunny with a Chance of Promotion! Careers in Meteorology Sue Kelbrick on a Career Suited to Those with Good Mathematical and Computer Skills
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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.
Duties involve collecting data from satellite images, radar, remote sensors and weather stations all over the world, measuring air pressure, wind, temperature and humidity, applying computer models and scientific principles to make weather forecasts and supplying weather data, bulletins and reports to customers.
You might also investigate weather patterns and climate change, develop and improve computer forecasting models and apply your research to practical problems, such as predicting floods or how the weather affects the spread of pollution or disease.
What skills are needed? You should have excellent mathematical and computing skills, good spoken and written communication skills, a methodical approach to work and the ability to analyse complex data. Also helpful is an interest in science and the environment.
What training do you need? To work in forecasting or research, you will need a first or upper second class degree in meteorology, maths, a science or computer science. For many meteorology research jobs, you are also likely to need a postgraduate qualification in meteorology, climatology or atmospheric sciences. …