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
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.