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:
- physical sciences
- environmental science
- computer science
You might need a postgraduate qualification in meteorology or climatology if you want to do research.
You can find out more about relevant degree subjects from the the Royal Meteorological Society.Getting experience of computer modelling during your degree or postgraduate course may also be useful in this role.
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.
You can do a short work placement to find out more about meteorology as a career, if you're aged between 14 and 17.
You can learn more about becoming a meteorologist from the Met Office and the Royal Meteorological Society.