A Career in Meteorology

A Career in Meteorology



3 March 2014

WMO has revised and updated its popular booklet A Career in Meteorology here as part of the activities marking this year’s World Meteorological Day “Weather and Climate: Engaging Youth.”

Since the first edition was published in 2006, weather and the related concerns of climate and hydrology have gained an increasingly high profile and are seen as fundamental to sustainable development. This new edition reflects the changes in our physical, socio-economic and professional environment. It highlights these challenges and reaches out to young people showing them how they could make a vital contribution to the safety and well being of their community and country.

“Meteorology is a subject that cuts across many disciplines. Meteorological services require people who understand physics, management, information technology, engineering, communications, and many other domains. There is plenty of room in meteorology for people with a wide array of talents and interests,” said WMO Michel Jarraud in the foreword.

“Choosing a career in meteorology would allow you to make a vital contribution to the safety and well-being of your community and country,” said Mr Jarraud. “From the daily concerns of friends and family to the success of key economic sectors and answers to major global concerns, meteorology has a vital role to play. I encourage all young people to learn more about this highly gratifying field,” he said.

The publication is available electronically in English, French, Spanish and Russian. It has chapters examining some of the options for careers in meteorology:

  • Weather observers and forecasters to protect life and property 
  • Engineers to install equipment and instruments;
  • Data processors and ICT specialists to process and disseminate information; Broadcast meteorologists to communicate forecasts to the public;
  • Climatologists to monitor changes in our climate due natural variability and human activities;
  • Aviation forecasters and marine meteorologists to support the safety and shipping of air transport and shipping;
  • Environmental meteorologists to monitor atmospheric pollution, greenhouse gases and ultraviolet rays:
  • Agrometeorologists to advise farmers on how to improve their yields and feed growing populations:
  • Hydrologists to improve measurement and management of precious water resources.

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