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Becoming a

Meteorologist

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

ADVANCEMENT IN THE FIELD

Responsibilities

Day to Day Life

Salary

I will need a bachelor's degree in atmospheric science or a related field that studies the atmosphere.Once I have my degree, I will need to intern with the federal government. From there, I will train weekends, nights, and holidays.

CAREER EXPECTATIONS

Advancement prospects are good in this field, with supervisory or administrative jobs available. Meteorologists can also go on to be government consultants, the highest paying occupation in this field.

GROWTH IN THIS FIELD

Sources

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Atmospheric Scientists, Including Meteorologists,on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/atmospheric-scientists-including-meteorologists.htm (visited November 14, 2019).Greenland, Paul R., and AnnaMarie L. Sheldon. "AtmosphericScientist."Ferguson's Career Guidance Center. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 3 Dec. 2019. <https://fcg.infobase.com/recordurl.asp?aid=15358&id=1090014>.

Students that want to go into the research field of atmospheric science will need a master's degree in the field.

When I am not reporting the weather, I would be doing things like conduction research and analyzing and interpreting weather data. I can also expect to work longer hours during severe weather such as tornadoes or hurricanes.

As a meteorologist, I will be expected to:Measure temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, and wind speed.Report weather conditionsIssue severe weather warnings

The average wage for a meteorologist is 94,110 as of May 2018. This salary depends on the location in which you work.According to the BLS, the top five paying states are Colorado, Texas, California, Maryland, and New York.

This field is projected to grow by 8% over the next ten years. While this means I will have many potential job openings in the future, the BLS suspects that I will need a master's degree for the open positions.