Careers in meteorology
What kind of jobs can you get with a meteorology degree?
Many colleges and universities are offering meteorology courses. However students often are unsure if pursuing this degree is right for them and what kind of job they could get afterwards. For many the only career they can imagine after such degree is being a TV weather forecaster – and this couldn’t be further from truth! Meteorology is a science and as such can be applied in various situations, making a great career choice.
Television and radio weather forecast
Obviously, that’s one of the career path you can take. Most (although not all) weather forecasters have a degree in meteorology, which helps them to analyze and interpret weather data from multiple sources. Scientific knowledge is also important in order to accurately explain causes and effects of atmospheric changes. Aside from a degree, you need to be good at public speaking and have distinct, presentable personality (or at least to be able to fake one).
Although we know a lot about basic weather events, we still have a lot to learn about our climate overall. This career is especially important now, when we’re facing the threat of global warming which can completely change how our planed is structured. Meteorologists are studying both historical and current weather trends in order to judge and predict their effects on natural environment, animals and humans.
Airlines and transportation companies
Airlines, cruise lines, and transportation companies rely heavily on meteorology. Bad weather conditions can be hazardous, so companies sometimes needs to change their plans with accordance to current conditions, even if it means delays and cancellations. As a meteorologist working for private sector, your responsibilities would be interpreting the data and forecasting the upcoming weather to ensure safety of both the cargo and the crew.
Government and military
According to American Meteorological Society, majority of meteorologist in United States is being employed by the government. Their duties range from research on climate change to forecasting natural disasters and support during weather emergencies. Similarly to meteorologists in private sector, meteorologists in military observe weather for flights, air strikes and space launches. They also conduct research on negating problem posed by weather conditions like strong wing, thick fog and heavy rain.