What is the demand for a meteorologist?

Is weather your passion? If so you’ve certainly considered a career in meteorology. There are multiple jobs you can uptake, having a degree in meteorology, but it there any demand for people with such education? What are the wages and protects? What can you expect from your future employer and how will the job market change in upcoming future?

Education

To become a meteorologist you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in meteorology or related field. However, continuing one’s education after college is common – more than 35% of people who majored in meteorology pursued a higher degree afterward. To become a researcher, you’ll need a minimum of a master’s degree. The meteorology courses often consist of mathematics and advanced physics often with the addition of computer programming in order to develop digital weather models.

Employment

Although meteorological research is getting more and more important, meteorology is a rather competitive field to break into. However, only 2% of people who majored in meteorology remains unemployed (the average for college graduate being 4.4%). Over 1/3 of the 10,400 weather-related positions is offered by the government, while the best payments can be found in private sector like transportation companies and manufacturers of navigational and control instruments. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average payment is $92,070 per year ($44.27 per hour). It is expected that between 2016 and 2026 there’ll be over 12% growth of workplaces (which is faster than average), with 1,300 positions appearing during this time.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities of meteorologist may vary depending on their place of employment, however, the most common ones are: collecting data send by different sources (from satellite images to weather stations), creating digital representations and models based on mathematical analysis of given data and presenting acquired data to customers or fellow researchers. This, of course, does not cover all the possible tasks a meteorologist can uptake but should give you a general idea what your work will be all about.