How should I choose the right job for me in the field of Meteorology?
I am interested in pursuing a meteorology degree in college. However, there is a wide range of jobs and applications in this field, and I don't know how to narrow my choices down. What jobs are there, how do they differ, and how do I know which one is for me?
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There is no right or wrong answer to this question, I myself still struggle with what job would be right for me, and I am going into my last year of being a meteorology major. Some questions you may want to ask yourself are:
- What interests you? What classes or activities have you enjoyed taking?
- Would you like to work in the private, public, or research sector? Traditionally the largest employer of meteorology is the U.S. government and this can be with NOAA or NWS. This job requires shift work and solely an operational outlook. Private sector is the new and upcoming side of meteorology where meteorologists can consult different clients, work in energy/transportation/agriculture, and provide local forecasts for many radio and news stations. Lastly, working in the research sector where you would be employed by an university or company. This requires a lot of schooling and it is typically funded by grants from the government or university.
- If you could pick any job in the world, what job would you choose?
These are some things to consider about the jobs in meteorology. Other steps to take are analyzing your skills and working out the top jobs that interest you. Another thing to avoid is blocking out any options and be open minded by taking any opportunities you get. Stay involved and eliminate the jobs you would never enjoy!! Also, RESEARCH every job and career option to see what you would like or not like!