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What is a Meteorologist?

A Meteorologist is a specialized type of Scientist. “A Weathercaster” is considered to be the same as “a Meteorologist” on CareerExplorer. View original.

A meteorologist is a specialized scientist who focuses on some aspect of the atmosphere, and who uses scientific principles to observe, understand and be able to explain or forecast how the earth's atmosphere affects the earth and everyone on it.

What does a Meteorologist do?

A meteorologist uses scientific principles to observe, understand and be able to explain or forecast how the earth's atmosphere affects the earth and everyone on it.

There are several specialized areas of study that meteorologist can be involved in:

Climate Meteorologists/Climatologists
- look at long term weather data and patterns from hundreds to millions of years ago in order to help predict future climate trends

Atmospheric Meteorologist
- study the atmosphere's motions and physical characteristics and how they could, or do affect the environment. They also apply their research to forestry, agriculture, global warming trends and air pollution control.

Operational Meteorologists
- study wind direction, wind speed, temperature, humidity and air pressure

Forensic Meteorologists
- investigate claims for insurance companies, and will research weather or past weather for a court of law

Broadcast Meteorologists
- interpret and report the weather and weather conditions for television and radio

Consulting Meteorologists
- are hired by large companies for consultation work

Synoptic Meteorologists
- develop new instruments and tools with computers and mathematical methods in order to forecast the weather in a more up to date manner

Physical Meteorologists
- study the physical and chemical properties of the atmosphere, and the transmission of sounds, light and radio waves through the air

Environmental Meteorologists
- study and report on ways to reduce air pollution, and contribute to the study of global warming and ozone depletion

Research Meteorologists
- typically work for different government agencies, the military, NASA, or the National Weather Service

Archive Meteorologists
- research and report on storms of the past

Meteorologists as Teachers / Professors
- share their knowledge as educators at a high school or university level

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What is the workplace of a Meteorologist like?

Weather is everywhere, and meteorologists can be found all over the world doing many different jobs. The five main places meteorologists work are for TV/Radio stations, consulting businesses, educational facilities, the military, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA).

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Further Reading

  • What is a Meteorologist? www.sky-fire.tv

    When the public hears the word “meteorologist”, they often think of the person on TV presenting the forecast. Many weathercasters are only weather reporters, although increasingly many are highly trained scientific professionals.

  • A Day in the Life of a TV Meteorologist www.ktsm.com

    I thought in today’s “Weather Talk” I would answer one of people’s questions by describing my typical work day.

  • American Meteorological Society www.ametsoc.org

    So you are considering a degree in meteorology or you are not sure what career path to pursue but you have a strong interest in sciences. The following career guide will give you a broad overview of the exciting field atmospheric and related sciences.

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  • Meteorology
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