How to become a Meteorologist

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Hail, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Weather is fascinating—and a little scary. Meteorologists help people understand and prepare for all kinds of weather.

 

Fun Facts

  • Meteorologists are weather scientists. They love studying the sky and understanding patterns that can predict weather.
  • They use specialized equipment to analyze what kind of weather to expect.
  • Some meteorologists get high-profile jobs as weathermen or weather women on television news stations. For these jobs, a pleasing personality, attractive appearance, and appealing voice are important.
  • Other meteorologists work behind the scenes. They might do research for government agencies or universities, or work for the military.
  • Some meteorologists help develop new equipment for forecasting the weather. Others are working to understand climate change.
  • Meteorologists need a bachelor’s degree in science or math. Some go on to get a master’s degree.
  • Meteorologists can work in offices or in remote weather stations. Some travel to do field work.
  • Meteorologists typically earn $100,000 a year. People working for news stations can earn much more.

 

Questions and Answers

Question: What’s the most valuable part of a meteorologist’s job?

Answer: Probably being able to help people by alerting them to dangerous weather.

 

Learn More

Watch a video about being a meteorologist.