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Meteorologist

Meteorologists (weather forecasters) are not just the weather presenters you see on the TV, they also do a lot of the study and research that goes into creating those forecast. They study the causes of weather conditions using information from land, sea and the atmosphere. They use this information alongside mathematical and computerised models to make long and short range forecasts of weather and climate patterns, which are used by industry, government and the public to inform decisions.

Weather research and forecasting.
Weather research and forecasting.

Alongside forecasting, meteorologists study the impact of weather and climate on the environment, researching changes in weather patterns, climate change and models of weather prediction.

The daily tasks of a weather forecaster can be split into two categories: forecasting and research:

Forecasting

Research

 

Think a career as a meteorologist could be for you?

Qualifications and work experience

Read about student Caroline Fuller's experience of a work placement with the Met Office

Check out University of Southampton alumni working in this field

More information

The prospects website has more information about this career path.

The Careers and Employability Service has more resources to help you in your career search.

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