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Atmospheric & Space Scientists

Also called: Broadcast Meteorologist, Forecaster, General Forecaster, Meteorologist

Where in the Army? In the Army: Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember

What they do:
Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.
On the job, you would:
  • Broadcast weather conditions, forecasts, or severe weather warnings to the public via television, radio, or the Internet or provide this information to the news media.
  • Prepare weather reports or maps for analysis, distribution, or use in weather broadcasts, using computer graphics.
  • Interpret data, reports, maps, photographs, or charts to predict long- or short-range weather conditions, using computer models and knowledge of climate theory, physics, and mathematics.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • physics
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Communications
  • multimedia

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • PC Weather Products HURRTRAK
  • Systat Software SigmaStat
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • AccuWeather Galileo
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$87,030
per year, on average
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