Weather forecaster, weather scientist
Meteorologists collect and study data from the atmosphere and oceans to make weather forecasts and carry out research.
Salary range: £20,000 to £60,000
How to become a meteorologist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- training with a professional body
You’ll usually need a degree in meteorology or a related subject like:
- environmental studies
- computer science
You might need a postgraduate qualification in meteorology or climatology if you want to do research.
You’ll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including a science, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
Volunteering and experience
You can get hands-on experience with the Met Office summer placement schemes. There are schemes for different groups, including graduates and A level students who are thinking about meteorology as a career.
You can apply to the Met Office for a place as a trainee on their forecasting and observations course.
You’ll need a degree or equivalent qualification in science, maths or a related subject like geography. Other subjects may be accepted if you have the right qualities.
You can do a short work placement to find out more about meteorology as a career, if you’re aged between 14 and 17.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- maths knowledge
- knowledge of geography
- knowledge of physics
- analytical thinking skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to work well with others
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- excellent written communication skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
What you’ll do
As a forecaster you’ll:
- collect data from satellite images, radar, remote sensors and weather stations
- measure air pressure, wind, temperature and humidity
- forecast the weather by analysing information and using computer programmes
- give weather information and reports to customers
As a researcher you’ll:
- study weather patterns and climate change
- improve computer forecasting models
- use research to predict floods and droughts
- study how the weather affects the spread of pollution or disease
You could work at a client’s business or in an office.
Career path and progression
With experience you could manage a team of weather forecasters. You could also move into teaching and train future forecasters and scientists.
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