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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