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Become A Meteorologist

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Working As A Meteorologist

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $50,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Meteorologist Do At Hearst Television

* Give our viewers the weather forecast with accurate, compelling, and understandable weather storytelling and graphics.
* Will provide urgent, immediate weather information before and during severe weather events
* Will be able to simultaneously provide content on TV and on our digital platforms.
* Will use all the technology and tools available to us including the WSI weather system, to tell an intriguing weather story
* Could be deployed in the field during weather events
* Gather news and information
* Summarize fact and clearly communicate content for broadcast

What Does A Meteorologist Do At IBM

* Provide advanced level aviation forecasts mainly for terminal weather conditions but also for the arrival/departure airspace covering the 0
* hour domain.
* Forecasting utilizing advanced forecasting modeling and workstation technology.
* Provide trend analysis and forecast briefings for aviation dispatchers and traffic management personnel.
* Develop knowledge of airspace, air traffic control programs affecting the airline’s Hub and Focus City domains.
* Actively collaborate with other meteorologists on Global weather issues particularly in the 0
* hour time frame.
* Specific focus on forecast trends through 24 hours.
* Generate short-fused narratives, forecast discussions and weather alerts for disruptive weather events within the 0
* hour forecast domain as weather conditions dictate.
* Generate system wide risk forecasts for potential impacts to customer assets involving significant weather events including severe thunderstorm, snow and ice, and wind/ tropical systems.
* Deliver operational forecast content consistently and accurately within rigid time constraint

What Does A Meteorologist Do At National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

* Serve as the shift leader responsible for quality and timeliness of all NWS forecast and service products, warnings, and advisories prepared and issued by the Weather Forecast Office (WFO).
* Conduct a weather watch which involves interpretation of Doppler radar data, satellite imagery, and the analysis of other hydrometeorological data for the preparation of all WFO warning, forecast and service products, including individual briefings.
* Serve as the primary contact with other Federal, state, and local agencies such as FAA, FEMA, and emergency management and law enforcement officials over matters involving the initiation and implementation of immediate or emergency public health and safety measures based on NWS forecasts, warnings and watches.
* Handle general office administrative matters which may occur on shift including augmenting staff, and approve overtime and leave

What Does A Meteorologist Do At Raycom Media

Present weather information morning news viewers need to get their day started; evaluate forecast models to accurately and timely prepare forecasts; responsible for forecasting elements and timely delivery of weathercasts/alerts on all platforms; maintain station weather website; other duties as assigned

What Does A Meteorologist Do At Hearst Television

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* Provide accurate compelling, and understandable traffic reports and/or weather forecast..
* Develop on-air traffic graphics and models using in-house WSI traffic system.
* Gather information from law enforcement, process multiple incidents and correctly determine the most relevant
* Provide urgent, immediate weather information before and during severe weather events on all platforms
* Summarize fact and clearly communicate content for broadcast
* Excellent adlib ability, specifically during major breaking news and severe winter weather coverage

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How To Become A Meteorologist

Educational requirements for announcers vary. Radio and television announcers typically need a bachelor’s degree in journalism, broadcasting, or communications, along with work experience gained from internships or working at their college radio or television station. Public address announcers typically need a high school diploma. Both occupations will typically need some short-term on-the-job training.


Although public address announcers do not need any formal education beyond a high school diploma, radio and television announcers should have a bachelor’s degree to be competitive for entry-level positions. Radio and television announcers typically need a bachelor’s degree in programs such as communications, broadcasting, or journalism.

College broadcasting programs offer courses, such as voice and diction, to help students improve their vocal qualities. In addition, these programs prepare students to work with the computer and audio equipment and software used at radio and television studios.


Public address system and other announcers typically need short-term on-the-job training upon being hired. This training allows these announcers to become familiar with the equipment they will be using during sporting and entertainment events. For sports public address announcers, training also may include basic rules and information for the sports they are covering.

Radio and television announcers may also need some short-term on-the-job training to learn to operate the audio and production equipment. Many employers, however, expect applicants to have some basic skills prior to employment. Applicants typically gain these skills from their college degree program, work on the college radio or television station, or previous internships.


Because radio and television stations in smaller markets have smaller staff, advancement within the same small-market station is unlikely. Rather, many radio and television announcers advance by relocating to a station in a larger market.

Announcers typically need a few years at a small-market station to work out the “kinks” of their on-air personalities. During that time, they learn to sound more comfortable and credible as an on-air talent and become more conversational with their cohosts and guests. Therefore, time and experience allow applicants to advance to positions in larger markets, which offer higher pay and more responsibility and challenges.

When making hiring decisions, large-market stations rely on announcers’ personalities and past performance. Radio and television announcers need to have proven that they can attract, engage, and keep a sizeable audience.

Many stations also rely on radio and television announcers to do other tasks, such as creating and updating a social media presence on social networking sites, making promotional appearances on behalf of the station, or even selling commercial time to advertisers. Therefore, an applicant needs to have demonstrated versatility and flexibility at the smaller market station.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Announcers, especially those seeking careers in radio or television, should have good computer skills and be able to use computers, editing equipment, and other broadcast-related devices.

Interpersonal skills. Radio and television announcers must be able to interview guests and answer phone calls on air. Party disc jockeys (DJs) and emcees should be comfortable working with clients to plan entertainment options.

Persistence. Entry into this occupation is very competitive, and many auditions may be needed for an opportunity to work on the air. Many entry-level announcers must be willing to work for a small station and be flexible to move to a small market to secure their first job.

Research skills. Announcers must research the important topics of the day in order to be knowledgeable enough to comment on them during their program.

Speaking skills. Announcers must have a pleasant and well-controlled voice, good timing, and excellent pronunciation.

Writing skills. Announcers need strong writing skills because they normally write their own material.

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Meteorologist Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • Chinese

  • Swahili

  • Portuguese

  • Hebrew

  • German

  • Dutch

  • Japanese

  • Amharic

  • Kinyarwanda

  • Mandarin

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Real Meteorologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Wind Forecasting Meteorologist Windlogics, Inc. Saint Paul, MN Aug 19, 2013 $100,409
Staff Meteorologist Mavrx, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2016 $93,915
Wind Forecasting Meteorologist Windlogics, Inc. Saint Paul, MN Aug 18, 2010 $89,021
Wind Fprecasting Meteorologist Windlogics, Inc. Saint Paul, MN Dec 21, 2009 $87,500
Staff Meteorologist Mavrx, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2016 $80,000
Research Meteorologist Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Nov 01, 2010 $78,701
Research Meteorologist I.M. Systems Group, Inc. Camp Springs, MD Jul 31, 2012 $78,291
Research Meteorologist I. M.Systems Group Camp Springs, MD Jul 26, 2010 $78,291
Research Meteorologist Systems Research Group, Inc. College Park, MD May 26, 2015 $76,378
Research Meteorologist Systems Research Group, Inc. College Park, MD Feb 01, 2013 $72,210
Research Meteorologist Systems Research Group, Inc. Camp Springs, MD Feb 01, 2013 $72,210
Project Meteorologist North American Weather Consultants, Inc. Fresno, CA Aug 01, 2016 $68,016
Project Meteorologist North American Weather Consultants, Inc. Fresno, CA Jan 19, 2016 $68,016
Project Meteorologist North American Weather Consultants, Inc. Fresno, CA Nov 01, 2016 $68,016
Meteorologist Ppm Technical Services LLC Radnor, PA Nov 18, 2009 $67,999
Meteorologist Ppm Technical Services LLC Radnor, PA Nov 24, 2009 $67,999
Project Meteorologist South Texas Weather Modification Association Pleasanton, TX Oct 01, 2015 $60,450
Biometeorologist/Meteorologist/Atmospheric Modeler National Ecological Observatory Network, Inc. Boulder, CO Jun 20, 2011 $55,000
Meteorologist/Electricity Demand Forecaster Genscape, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 15, 2014 $54,288

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Top Skills for A Meteorologist


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Top Meteorologist Skills

  1. Meteorological Data
  2. Severe Weather Warnings
  3. Weather Forecasts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Analyzed and transformed meteorological data into graphics suitable for media.
  • Provided flight forecast for domestic and international flights and advises air/base operations of airfield severe weather warnings and advisories.
  • Created weather forecasts for Great Lakes Airlines for airports in Southwest US, Rockies and Central Plains.
  • Analyzed and interpreted satellite and radar data.
  • Weekend meteorologist responsible for forecasts, live presentation, and graphics using the WSI Weather Producer system equipped with Skytracker.

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