|Quick Facts: Atmospheric Scientists, Including Meteorologists|
$94,570 per year
$45.47 per hour
|4% (As fast as average)|
What Atmospheric Scientists, Including Meteorologists Do
Atmospheric scientists study, report on, and forecast the weather and climate.
Most atmospheric scientists work indoors in weather stations, offices, or laboratories. They may work outdoors to observe the weather. Most atmospheric scientists are full time and may work extended hours during weather emergencies.
How to Become an Atmospheric Scientist
Atmospheric scientists typically need a bachelor’s degree in meteorology or a related field to enter the occupation. Those who work in research typically need a master’s degree or a Ph.D.
The median annual wage for atmospheric scientists, including meteorologists was $94,570 in May 2021.
Employment of atmospheric scientists, including meteorologists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 700 openings for atmospheric scientists, including meteorologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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