If you love science and are not afraid of storms, then atmospheric scientist may just a great job for you.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, atmospheric scientists study the weather and climate and research the effects they have on the planet. Yes, that means atmospheric scientists are instrumental in tracking climate change. Some of their duties include:
To become an atmospheric scientist, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in meteorology or a closely related earth science degree such as physics, chemistry or geology. In addition to meteorology and atmospheric science courses, you may also need to take advanced courses in physics, mathematics, communications as well as computer programming. Many atmospheric scientists write and edit computer software programs that produce forecasts. And if you want to become a broadcast meteorologists, you may take courses in speech or journalism.
The National Weather Association has compiled a list of universities, by state, that offer degree programs in meteorology and atmospheric science.
The US Department of Labor estimates that, in 2012, atmospheric scientists held 11,100 jobs. Employment in the field is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022.
The median annual wage for atmospheric scientists in 2012 was $89,260.
Some of the jobs you can get with a degree in atmospheric science are:
Atmospheric scientist often have very demanding schedules, including extended hours during severe weather. Weather conditions can change quickly and need constant monitoring, so entry-level staff at field stations often work rotating shifts — including nights, weekends and holidays– to cover all 24 hours in a day.