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Should I go into Meteorology?

I have attended Penn State's Advanced Weather Camp two years in a row, and I'm not sure if the field of Meteorology is for me. I love learning about weather and natural disasters, but almost every career requires being at a desk all day which I don't want to do. Should I still go into this field or find a better suited one? #science #meteorology

Thank you comment icon If it's something you're passionate about you should try it. If you're not comfortable with it you could try or sign up for something that teaches you about different sciences so you get a full understanding of what it's like shanell

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Scott’s Answer

My daughter like you was always intrigued in by weather. She attended Millersville University in Pennsylvania and was then offered a full ride for her master’s at UC Davis (California). She is now at UVA working on her PhD. Her primary motivation is research and spends a lot time in the field running research programs with her colleagues to push the boundary of science. Like any career field there are multiple areas of focus. She has classmates from Millersville that have gone into the Navy or Coast Guard, are seeing the world and forwarding new advancements in Meteorology.

In the end if you follow your dream and work hard you can make it what you want.
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David’s Answer

I personally studied meteorology through a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences, but found it difficult to find a job in the field. (I ended up taking another path later in life). I felt that the same was true of many classmates who also graduated from the program. As a caveat, I did graduate during the 2008 recession and the circumstances may change--I recommend checking with advisers or even directly with the National Weather Service for additional perspectives.


However, you can still find related jobs that don't involve being at a desk all day. NOAA Corps for example does have jobs that will make use of Atmospheric Sciences skills (helping oceanographers, climate scientists, etc. study the world). I had professors at my college who traveled to Greenland and mountains around the world to collect ice core samples.

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