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Job opportunities and careers are as varied as the weather itself.

Meteorologists are employed, most visibly, in broadcasting, but in greater numbers as analysts and interpreters of weather and climate for industry, commerce and defense. Agriculture, the military, fisheries, construction, transport, power companies and related industries like financial institutions and insurance have strong dependencies on weather factors and are demanding ever more precise and specially tailored weather and ocean services.

Another dimension of atmospheric science employment is air quality monitoring and environmental impact studies.

As researchers, with PhD degrees and to some extent with MS degrees, employment opportunities are present is all of the operational fields mentioned above, and in government laboratories, and industrial research establishments.

Many advocacy groups are concerned with environmental issues and seek participation of those with backgrounds in atmospheric and related sciences.

Universities and colleges are the destinations for those interested in education as well as in research. Most college and university faculty divide their time between instruction and research.

Imagination is the only real limit to the kind of life one builds on an education in the atmospheric and related sciences!

 

On Being A Scientist from the National Academies

 

 
 
   

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