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Become a Meteorologist

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Atmospheric science studies factors that affect the environment, such as the changes in the Earth's physical characteristics. As a meteorologist, you are responsible for forecasting the weather and identifying changes in climate and weather patterns. This means that people depend on you for weather knowledge like tomorrow's temperatures or emergency weather situations, such as when hurricanes or tornadoes occur.

There are several different kinds of Meteorologists, including the following:

  • Weather forecasters

  • Climatologists

  • Researchers in Atmospheric Sciences

  • Consulting Meteorologists

  • Lecturers

  • Weather broadcasters

Meteorology is a tough subject, which requires pre/co-requisite knowledge in higher mathematics, advanced physics and chemistry, as well as a good computer proficiency. The basis requirement for becoming a Meteorologist is a BSc degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Sciences. Another option is to first get a BSc in Mathematics, Physical Sciences, or Engineering and then follow an MSc Course in Meteorology. Teaching, research or management positions usually require an MSc degree or a Ph.D.