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Meteorologist Job Description

A meteorologist is a scientist who studies the earth’s atmosphere to determine weather conditions and make forecasts. Meteorologists study the physics and dynamics of the earth’s atmosphere to understand, explain and monitor the earth’s climate and weather patterns.

A meteorologist should not be confused with a weather forecaster. A weather forecaster is a person who has little formal education in atmospheric science, and announces weather conditions and forecasts prepared by meteorologists.

A meteorologist should be curious, observant, analytical, methodical and adaptable, and have the ability to use complex scientific equipment. They should also be good at computing, and have good knowledge of physics, mathematics, and atmospheric science.

Pursue a career in meteorology if you have aptitude for physics, math and geography, and passion for events related to weather.

What does a Meteorologist do?

Meteorologists may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Meteorologists may work normal office hours or on shifts including evenings, midnights and weekends. Their work is usually office based, but they may travel for research or to attend conferences or seminars.

What is Required to Become a Meteorologist?

To become a meteorologist, you need to have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Sciences, or related discipline.


Just to give you an idea, some of the classes that you’ll be taking in college may include:


A meteorologist may specialize to become any of the following:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Meteorologists need to have:


Alternative Careers

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