Meteorologist

Alternative titles for this job include Weather forecaster, weather scientist

Meteorologists collect and study data from the atmosphere and oceans to make weather forecasts and carry out research.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become a meteorologist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • training with a professional body

University

You'll usually need a degree in meteorology or a related subject like:

  • physics
  • maths
  • environmental studies
  • geography
  • computer science

You might need a postgraduate qualification in meteorology or climatology if you want to do research.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including a science subject
  • 2 or 3 A levels, including a science, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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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.

Other routes

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.

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Career tips

You can do a short work placement to find out more about meteorology as a career, if you're aged between 14 and 17.

Further information

You can learn more about becoming a meteorologist from the Met Office and the Royal Meteorological Society.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

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.

Current opportunities

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Courses In England

Access to Science Level 3

  • Provider: Kensington and Chelsea College
  • Start date: 10 September 2019
  • Location: London

Pre-Access: Full Science

  • Provider: CITY OF LIVERPOOL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 23 September 2019
  • Location: LIVERPOOL

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