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Although many schools offer non-degree programs in basic meteorology, the majority of practicing meteorologists hold at least an undergraduate degree in meteorology. The program includes basic courses in physics, chemistry, biology, calculus, and computer science. The typical degree program is as vigorous as any engineering program.
Those who pursue research and teaching will go beyond a four-year degree and seek a master's or doctorate. In some cases, a degree in math, physics, or chemistry followed by a master's and doctorate in meteorology is the best track for researchers.
The career trajectory of people with a Meteorology degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Meteorology degrees have experience in is Meteorologist, followed by Atmospheric Scientist, Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technician, Pilot, Political Scientist, High School Teacher, Computer Programmer, Data Scientist, Professor, and Technical Writer.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technician||0.8%||0.0%||25.4×|
|High School Teacher||1.4%||0.2%||8.5×|
Meteorology graduates earn on average $k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||-|
|Median (average earners)||-|
|75th (top earners)||-|
Meteorology graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|We are still collecting information for this degree|