Meteorologists

Meteorologists, or atmospheric scientists, study weather conditions and forecast weather changes. By analyzing weather maps covering large geographic areas and related charts, like upper-air maps and soundings, they can predict the movement of fronts, precipitation, and pressure areas. They forecast such data as temperature, winds, precipitation, cloud cover, and flying conditions. To predict future weather patterns and to develop increased accuracy in weather study and forecasting, meteorologists conduct research on such subjects as atmospheric electricity, clouds, precipitation, hurricanes, and data collected from weather satellites. Other areas of research used to forecast weather may include ocean currents and temperature. There are about 9,400 atmospheric scientists employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Skills
  • Computer
  • Research
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended