How to become a meteorologist

Study the weather to predict future weather patterns.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete a meteorology degree.
  2. Already have a previous tertiary qualifications in physical sciences, mathematics or engineering? Progress your career with a postgraduate meteorology qualification.
  3. Once obtaining your tertiary qualifications, gain experience in the field with an internship. More experience is advisable for learning hands-on skills.

What does a meteorologist do?

Meteorologists are scientists who study and predict atmospheric conditions. They also offer advice in natural disaster scenarios and research current and past weather events. Meteorologists usually work in scientific laboratories, although some work in the field, and a few work in broadcasting as weather presenters.

Duties and tasks

  • Advise governmental and non-profit agencies, as well as private businesses and individuals, on safety during natural disasters.
  • Forecast both short and long-term weather patterns and changes.
  • Teach at universities or other higher-education institutions.
  • Research the physics and dynamics of climate change.
  • Study the atmosphere to understand weather patterns.

Industry bodies

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  • Meteorological technical officer
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