Learn about the types of people who become atmospheric scientists. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming an atmospheric scientist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming atmospheric scientists at a ratio of 2.12 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2023

33% of atmospheric scientists are female and 67% are male.


Gender Bias, 2023

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being an atmospheric scientist and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming an atmospheric scientist and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming an atmospheric scientist than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of atmospheric scientists are White, making up 60% of the population. The next highest segments are East Asian and Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish, making up 13% and 13% respectively.