Meteorologists are a subset of a larger category of natural and physical science professionals. Meteorologists work with and study the weather to predict future weather patterns. They also offer advice in natural disaster scenarios and research current and past weather events.

Duties and tasks

  • Advising governmental and non-profit agencies, as well as private businesses and individuals, on safety during natural disasters
  • Forecasting both short- and long-term weather patterns and changes
  • May involve teaching at a university or other higher-education level
  • Researching the physics and dynamics of climate change
  • Studying the atmosphere in an attempt to gain a greater understanding of weather patterns

Skills required

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Public speaking
  • Reading comprehension
  • Thorough knowledge of natural and physical science
  • Use of logic, critical thinking, and reasoning to solve problems

Working conditions

Meteorologists usually work in scientific laboratories, whether in private settings, governmental agencies, or in universities or other institutions of higher learning. They may either work in this capacity solely or work with the greater public (for instance, being a weather broadcaster on a television station). They also may work "in the field" by studying weather patterns or natural disasters as they are happening.

Professional associations / Industry information

Bureau of Meteorology

The Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers

Related jobs and job titles

  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Climatologist
  • Hydro Meteorologist
  • Meteorological Consultant
  • Meteorological Technical Officer
  • Research Meteorologist
  • Weather Forecaster

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