Hello Jahiem: Climatologists are atmospheric scientists who study the Earth's climate. They collect and analyze data from sources such as ice cores, soil, water, air, and even plant life to find patterns in weather and learn how those patterns affect the Earth and its inhabitants. Here's some info I hope you find helpful. . .
Strong skills in science, writing, critical thinking, speaking, complex problem solving, knowledge of scientific software used to analyze data, software for graphics and map creation, spreadsheet and word processing software.
How to Become a Climatologist
Step #1 - Earn a Bachelor'sDegree
*Use internships and independent study to get hands-on and/or specialized experience. Climatology internships might be found through local television and radio stations, the National Weather Service, the Weather Channel or state emergency management programs. Independent study courses may provide research experience for those who plan on going to graduate school.
Step #2 - Start with an Entry Level Job
*Check out government jobs. The Federal government is the biggest employer of atmospheric scientists in the U.S., and advertises jobs located throughout the country on its USAJobs website. Agencies include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Defense.
*Be flexible about location. Those just starting out in the atmospheric sciences may need to be willing to move to a different geographic region or state, particularly when working in a government position. Once a career is established, there may be more latitude for location in the climate and region of choice.
Step #3 - Complete a Graduate Degree
*Join a professional organization. While certification isn't required to be a climatologist, belonging to a professional organization can provide networking opportunities while looking for jobs. For those already working and/or doing climatology research, meeting with peers offers a place to exchange information, spark ideas, and even begin collaborating on new climatology projects. Climatologists can apply for membership with the American Association of State Climatologists and the American Meteorological Society.
Best of Luck to You!
Sheila recommends the following next steps:
- Research study.com site. It has some good information on How to Become a Climatologist https://study.com/articles/How_to_Become_a_Climatologist_Education_and_Career_Roadmap.html
- Checkout Occupational Outlook Handbook - Climatologist site. It might say Atmospheric Scientists https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/atmospheric-scientists-including-meteorologists.htm#tab-4
- Remember to bookmark the sites that I've listed and any new ones you find during your research