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Meteorologist

Meteorologists collect and study data from the atmosphere and oceans to make weather forecasts and carry out research.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £60,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

39 to 41 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on shifts

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Meteorologist jobs in 2025.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

As a forecaster you’ll:

  • collect data from satellite images, radar, remote sensors and weather stations
  • measure air pressure, wind, temperature and humidity
  • forecast the weather by analysing information and using computer programmes
  • give weather information and reports to customers

As a researcher you’ll:

  • study weather patterns and climate change
  • improve computer forecasting models
  • use research to predict floods and droughts
  • study how the weather affects the spread of pollution or disease

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • training with a professional body
University

You'll usually need a degree in meteorology or a related subject like:

  • physics
  • maths
  • environmental studies
  • geography
  • computer science

You might need a postgraduate qualification in meteorology or climatology if you want to do research.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including a science, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
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Volunteering and work experience

You can get hands-on experience with the Met Office summer placement schemes. There are schemes for different groups, including graduates and A level students who are thinking about meteorology as a career.

Other routes

You can apply to the Met Office for a place as a trainee on their forecasting and observations course.

You'll need a degree or equivalent qualification in science, maths or a related subject like geography. Other subjects may be accepted if you have the right qualities.

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Career tips

You can do a short work placement to find out more about meteorology as a career, if you're aged between 14 and 17.

Further information

You can learn more about becoming a meteorologist from the Met Office and the Royal Meteorological Society.

With experience you could manage a team of weather forecasters. You could also move into teaching and train future forecasters and scientists.

You can learn more about becoming a meteorologist from the Met Office and the Royal Meteorological Society.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of geography
  • knowledge of physics
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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