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They include the first female four-star general, Ann E. Dunwoody, and dozens of other military officers; a National Teacher of the Year, Tracey Bailey; the director of a NASA center; five astronauts who have flown on the space shuttle; an Olympic medalist; and a major league pitcher among thousands of engineers, scientists, pilots, entrepreneurs, and more.
Careers in Meteorology
Studying weather, and the effects of the Earth's atmosphere on human life and effect of human life on climate, is what meteorology careers entail. Florida Tech offers a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Meteorology to prepare graduates for meteorology careers such as broadcast meteorologist, storm tracker or world weather expert, to name a few.
Those who study atmospheric science and meteorology study weather, climate, and other aspects of the atmosphere, developing reports and forecasts from their analysis of weather and climate data. Students who graduate with a degree in meteorology are likely to find meteorology careers in weather forecasting. Most professionals in this field work in weather stations, laboratories, weather broadcasting companies and conduct research related to changing weather patterns.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides detailed information about hundreds of occupations, including entry-level education, overall working environment and employment prospects. Check the handbook for information and the outlook for meteorology careers.
The bureau states that atmospheric scientist and related jobs are projected to grow by 11 percent over the next decade. New computer models have improved forecast accuracy and the ability of scientists to provide information to private industry that demand weather information such as shipping, airline travel, etc. Meteorology careers include forensic meteorologists who use weather to reconstruct conditions, and research meteorologists who develop new methods of data collection and observation; climate scientists study historical patterns to interpret weather and forecast long-term weather patterns or shifts in climate.
Meteorology careers are truly global. The World Meteorological Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations, has 183 member states, each of which has national meteorological or hydrometeorological services. And, of course, each of these involves meteorology careers.
For Florida Tech graduates, the forecast calls for successful career options such as:
- Meteorologist (Forensic, research)
- Weather Forecaster
- Climate Scientist
- Broadcast Meteorologist
- Environmental Engineer
- Environmental Scientist
- Research Scientist
- Oceanographic Engineer
- Postsecondary Teacher
Entry-Level Salary Expectations
Payscale.com, an online salary information company, helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation. While entry-level meteorology careers are not specifically shown, similar careers reported can provide insight into the potential salaries you might experience in meteorology careers.
Environmental Science: $39,800 -- $73,600
Environmental Engineering: $63,400 -- $106,000
Check PayScale.com for the most recent information on these and environmental science careers.
Employers and organizations interested in Florida Tech graduates include:
- Rockwell Aviation
- Northrop Grumman
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
- National Science Foundation
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- Caribbean Marine Research Center
- Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University
- National Weather Service
Graduate Degree Programs
Meteorology jobs await Florida Tech graduates immediately after receiving their degree, or for those so inclined, entrance into a graduate studies program. In fact, 20 percent of meteorology degree graduates go directly to graduate school at Florida Tech or other schools such as:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- University of Alaska
- University of Rhode Island
- University of Northern Colorado
- St. Louis University
- San Jose State University
- Plymouth State University