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Careers in Aviation Meteorology With a Bachelor's Degree
Prepare for Jobs in Meteorology, Flight, and Research
"Aviation" conjures up images for all of us. Whether it be a rendering of the Wright Brothers' first flight, visions of Stealth fighters doing a flyover before a New Year's Day bowl game or simply a line of commercial jets side by side at gates at our local airport, our mind's eye jumps into action when someone mentions aviation. If aviation is your passion, then Florida Tech's world-class aviation education is the perfect preparation for rewarding careers in aviation.
One such career is aviation meteorology. Safe air travel depends not only on safe equipment but on safe weather as well. Florida Tech prepares you for a career in corporate aviation, commercial aviation, and with the Federal Aviation Administration as well as other organizations such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, www.noaa.gov).
The Florida Tech CoA program provides a background in meteorology, aeronautical science and the physical sciences necessary to expertly address the challenges of this career. A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Meteorology meets the requisite standards established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for employment by the federal government as a meteorologist.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things. The handbook includes aviation meteorology careers such as geoscientists, hydrologists, air traffic controllers, airport managers and coordinators, and more.
The primary focus for a professional with a degree in aviation meteorology is not limited. The program prepares the graduate for work involving subjects from weather and climate around the world to flight and research. Employment of atmospheric scientists and meteorologists is projected to grow by 11 percent through 2020. New technology and computer models have vastly improved the accuracy of forecasts, giving meteorologists new opportunity in private industry.
Check the handbook on the outlook for a career in the aviation meteorology.
College of Aeronautics graduates find careers such as:
- Airline manager
- Airport manager
- Meteorologist in the private sector
- Meteorologist in the public sector working for local, state, national or global organizations, including the military
- Public policy specialist on climate change, deforestation, water resources
- Atmospheric scientist
- Environmental scientist
Graduates of Florida Tech's meteorology program have been recruited by organizations such as:
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)
- U.S. Air Force
- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
- Private Weather Forecasting Services
Graduate & Doctoral Programs
Graduates of the meteorology program at Florida Tech are prepared to pursue advanced degrees in atmospheric science or aviation meteorology, attending graduate schools such as:
- Florida State University
- Texas Institute of Technology
- North Carolina State University
- University of Florida
- University of Utah