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Blowin' in the Wind, Issue #038 Good Jobs in for Meteorology - February 1, 2007
January 31, 2007
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Jobs in for Meteorology

Know anybody who's trying to find any jobs in for meteorology lovers. Wonder what professionals in the field do? Here is an overview of various government jobs in meteorology, the occupations and what they do. You'll also find other jobs meteorology grads may take. Things such as television or practical problem solving.

The meteorologist

What does a meteorologist do? You may ask. You probably know that they forecast weather. Anything else? Some work in consulting, determing how changing things (such as an industrial plant) will affect the atmosphere, for instance. Some conduct research on the air and weather (or climate).

Who do they work for? The government: You can find meteorological jobs in your national weather service or the military for starters. Others include private firms, utility companies, forestry services, universities and a few other types of organizations.

What other titles do meteorologists go by?

  • weather forecaster - 1) interpret and use information from observations, computer models satellite and radar 2) provide forecasts and other information services for aviation, ships, agriculture, public and tourism. They may use radio, tv, newspapers or the web to distribute their data
  • air quality meteorologist - determines how industrial projects and other anthropogenic activity cause changes to the quality of the air and the climate. Work with special interest groups to help solve these problems.
  • atmospheric physicist - figures out how the atmosphere works. How it affects weather, climate and pollution for instance. This researcher also writes computer programs to help make atmospheric predictions.
  • climatologist - examines the effect of weather on the environment. Especially concerned with long term effects. Uses relevant data to provide informational services.
  • hydrometeorologist - deals with processes involving atmospheric moisture and precipitation.

All meteorologists present their data verbally in seminars, or in writing by publishing reports or articles, or both. They also suggest improvements for their trade, revising computer programs or data collection techniques for instance. Meteorologists complete one or more university programs before entering the field.

Meteorological Technicians

These guys make observations and record (and transmit) data for meteorologists, pilots and the general public to use, including broadcasters. We need them to help us keep up to date. They also work for government, consulting companies and utilities primarily. Here is a job weather enthusiasts may jump at. The types of work include:

  • aerological technician
  • avalanche controller
  • climate data processor
  • climate service specialist
  • climate service technician
  • ice service specialist
  • meteorological inspector
  • meteorological technician
  • officer-in-charge, weather station
  • operations technician, weather station
  • surface weather observer and
  • weather service specialist

What else do they do? They have to maintain their equipment, databases, and operations. Their daily routines can also include analyzing and making sense of the weather data. These workers rely on a solid technical education and on the job training.


(This includes MC's and announcers)

They relay information to the public. This includes news, sports, ads and weather. Some work mostly with music and videos, others with public events. Some in radio, others in TV. They read bulletins as they arrive, including such things as telegrams and reporting on weather conditions and warnings as provided by the forecasting service. They keep us up to date with traffic reports at appropriate times. Although this can be a good jobs in for meteorology grads, a background in journalism is useful here as well.

Happy hunting and good luck; I hope this background information helps.

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