Meteorologist  What They Do

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Atmospheric and Space Scientists Career Video

Investigates atmospheric phenomena and interprets meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Performs managerial duties, such as creating work schedules, creating or implementing staff training, matching staff expertise to situations, or analyzing performance of offices.
  • Consults with other offices, agencies, professionals, or researchers regarding the use and interpretation of climatological information for weather predictions and warnings.
  • Teaches college-level courses on topics such as atmospheric and space science, meteorology, or global climate change.
  • Analyzes historical climate information, such as precipitation or temperature records, to help predict future weather or climate trends.
  • Prepares weather reports or maps for analysis, distribution, or use in weather broadcasts, using computer graphics.
  • Directs forecasting services at weather stations or at radio or television broadcasting facilities.
  • Applies meteorological knowledge to issues such as global warming, pollution control, or ozone depletion.
  • Develops or uses mathematical or computer models for weather forecasting.
  • Interprets data, reports, maps, photographs, or charts to predict long- or short-range weather conditions, using computer models and knowledge of climate theory, physics, and mathematics.
  • Formulates predictions by interpreting environmental data, such as meteorological, atmospheric, oceanic, paleoclimate, climate, or related information.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

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