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Meteorologist

Overview: Meteorologists study the atmosphere's physical characteristics, motions, & processes & the way the atmosphere affects our environment. Analyzes how ocean currents and water temperatures and winds interact to produce moisture, clouds, storms and droughts. They forecast the weather.
Duties: Conduct studies and research to determine how movement of the atmosphere, ocean currents and ocean temperatures interact with each other to produce weather patterns and changes.

Enter data about changes in winds, temperature, moisture, etc. into computer models that produce graphic "weather maps" showing weather patterns on regional or world-wide bases.

Interpret weather maps to predict weather for specific areas of the country. Decide if weather warnings such as storm alerts, hurricane or water craft warnings should be announced.

Prepare reports & warnings for announcements on the radio, TV & newspapers. Analyze and comment on potential impact of volcano eruptions, global warming and sun spots on weather trends.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of meteorologists is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. Most opportunities will be in private consulting firms, especially those serving farming, commodity investors, insurance companies, utilities, and transportation and construction firms.
Salary Range (National Average): $38,000 to $45,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree is the preferred educational requirement for entry level meteorologists in the Federal Government. A master's degree is usually necessary for conducting research and a Ph.D. for college teaching. A bachelor's degree in math, physics, or engineering is excellent preparation for graduate study in meteorology.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.