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Meteorologist Careers

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Work Environment:

As a meteorologist you'd study the weather, atmosphere and climate of earth. They gather and translate information to give weather-forecasts, for the public and for use into armed forces, agriculture and aviation.

Being a meteorologist you can do specialization in one of the major field: research or forecasting.

Within the field of forecasting, you'd:

  • provide weather information, reports and bulletins to clients
  • calculate humidity, wind, temperature and air pressure

  • gather information from radar, satellite imagery, weather stations and remote sensors from all over the place
  • employ computer software models and scientific ideology to give weather-forecasts at long and short range

Within research field, you'd:

  • analyze patterns of weather and climate alterations
  • make use of research for practical issues, like how the weather influence the spreading of disease or pollution or forecasting floods
  • create and develop computer software models of forecasting
In the beginning of your vocation within either field, you'd study and record the data regarding weather, generate charts and assist senior employees. By experience, you'd undertake further complex task and demonstrate your discoveries at customer meetings and conferences.

Qualification, Education and Experience:

To get the job within research or forecasting field, you'll require the qualifications given as below:

  • a first class degree into Mathematics, Computer Science, Meteorology or Science
  • 5 GCSE grades (A-C), with English
  • A-levels into Physics and/or Mathematics
For several meteorology-research openings, you'll require a qualification at postgraduate level into Atmospheric Sciences, Meteorology or Climatology. You must confirm precise course admission criteria with universities/colleges.

Check the website of Royal sample for Meteorologist Resume for a list of courses and degrees at universities of UK.

The Met-Office provides some summer job placements every year at its head office, which would be a helpful for getting associated experience as you're studying.

For a few support meteorologist openings within the Met-Office, you might not require a degree, although you should have as minimum 2 A-levels, with Physics and Mathematics, and 5 GCSE grades (A-C) with English.

Training Details:

Being a forecaster, you'd generally given training by the Met-Office College in Devon. You'd initiate with the Forecaster Foundation-Training Scheme, which includes:

  • a 6 week preliminary course on full time basis, subsequently training of 3 months at an operational weather-stations
  • an additional fourteen week training-course
  • further practical training for twenty weeks, followed by final evaluation
Subsequent to your preliminary training, you'll be able to show your competency by functioning to acquire third level of NVQ into Weather Observing, fourth level of NVQ into Weather-Forecasting.

When qualified, you're motivated to improve your abilities all through your career. The Met-Office College provides additional training like:

  • the Professional Development Scheme, which comprise a advanced-Forecasting course: for forecasters with experience of 2/3 years
  • short training courses into different special features of forecasting
Being a research scientist within the Met Office, you'd normally begin as graduate Scientist, and advance to Scientist and Senior Scientist with more training and experience.

You can also decide to get a further qualification at postgraduate level like PhD or MSc.

Through related experience of minimum 5 years, you can be a CMet: Chartered Meteorologist by the Royal-Meteorological Society. For further information check their website.

Skills and knowledge:

  • the aptitude to work as member of a group
  • excellent problem-solving abilities
  • a systematic manner to work
  • a concern in the environment and science
  • outstanding written and oral communication abilities
  • superb computing and mathematical proficiency
  • a investigative mind-set
  • the capability to scrutinize complex statistics

Salary and Other Benefits:

  • Initial remunerations for Met Office scientists or forecasters are about £21,000 a year.
  • With experience the earnings can boost to around £27,000 to £36,000 annually.
  • Meteorologists having managerial duties may receive more than £52,000.
In several jobs shift-allowances might be given.

Working Conditions:

Being an observer/forecaster, you'd generally work in shifts. Within research field, you'd work for normal office hours on weekdays.

The job is chiefly based in office and includes utilization computers and technical devices. You might be posted to a few remote or isolated sections, which could indicate functioning in further basic circumstances.

You may occasionally voyage overseas to attend seminars and conferences. Based on your company, you may be sent overseas to work.

Different Opportunities:

The 'Met Office' is the major employer for meteorologists, at its head office or branches in UK and overseas. If hired in the Mobile-Met Unit, you'll be connected to the Royal Air-Force and may be posted to all over the places.

You can also get work chances with:

  • universities
  • environmental consultant agencies
  • agricultural and fisheries institutions
  • the Natural Environment-Research Council
  • radio and television broadcasters
  • oil, water, gas and electricity providers
Employment vacancies may be publicized by the nationwide newspapers, the website of Met Office and scientific publications like 'New Scientist'.

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