MeteorologistJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Meteorologists study weather conditions and forecast weather changes. They are responsible for recording and analyzing data, studying and interpreting observations, and then providing the public with reports on their findings. A meteorologist is employed by a private organization, such as airlines, shipping companies, or government agencies. Some may also be assigned to weather stations or complete research while teaching in colleges. 

A meteorologist should have a deep interest and curiosity towards the nature of the world around us, as well as excellent analytical skills to interpret weather conditions. Patience is an important attribute for meteorologists, as they will spend long hours researching. Meteorologists need to be able to work well within a team, and be willing to work towards improving weather prediction models and staying up-to-date with new technological developments.

Sample job description #1

ABC Company is looking a dynamic & engaging meteorologist for weekend mornings and regular on-air work 3 days a week. The candidate also engages on our digital platforms for the First Alert Weather team.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyze raw scientific data, models, and other available and relevant information to create an accurate weather forecast for our viewing area
  • Create a compelling, conversational presentation of weather forecast for broadcast, streaming, digital, and social media audiences
  • Accurately forecast and track severe weather
  • Communicate with news staff to inform editorial decision-making

Qualifications/requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, or related field AMS seal preferred
  • 2+ years of experience as a broadcast meteorologist required
  • Demonstrated mastery of digital and social media strategy
  • Excellent time management skills and an ability to prioritize tasks and information under pressure are required
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must have scheduling flexibility

Sample job description #2

ABC Company is seeking a morning Meteorologist! You will present the weather forecast for the weekday morning news. As a Meteorologist, you will be responsible for the content of the weather cast on-air and on our digital platforms.

Job duties include:

  • Issue warnings and alerts, produce graphics and maps, and report live during weather events
  • Must have the ability to utilize social media during severe weather, as well as write weather stories
  • Must produce and present clear and concise weather casts, which tell a story and connect with viewers
  • Develop content and graphics for on-air, web and social media
  • Make public appearances on behalf of the station
  • Work with producers to determine relevant weather content in breaking and everyday situations
  • Doing live shots and reporting from community events and in breaking news

Qualifications:

  • Sharp news judgment, strong writing and excellent storytelling skills, and the ability to work well with others
  • Ability to demonstrate experience with active and visual live shots
  • You will be expected to produce content on a variety of platforms including the Internet, social networking sites, and mobile phones, in addition to television
  • Must have excellent time management skills
  • Previous on-air experience presenting weather and news information is required

Sample job description #3

XYZ News Center, the powerhouse #1 ABC Company owned station in beautiful downtown Portland is looking for a fulltime weekend Meteorologist.

The right candidate is an authentic, creative on-air presenter, who has a passion for weather and enjoys connecting with viewers on air and on line. We are looking for someone with a deep passion for the science of weather. We live and die by it in Maine. Our top industries are tourism, seafood and agriculture; each deeply dependent on day-to-day weather and climate over the long term.

Responsibilities

  • You should be self-motivated,
  • a team player,
  • and someone who takes pride in delivering smart, engaging daily forecasts and weather reports across all platforms.
  • A successful candidate must also have the skills to report LIVE from hurricanes, nor’easters, ice storms and all other severe weather events.

Requirements

  • A degree in the field of meteorology/atmospheric sciences and have or be working toward your CBM a must
  • Active on several Social Media channels: Twitter, FB, Instagram, TikTok or Snapchat a must
  • Knowledge of WSI, ENPS, Edius, and Axis graphics a plus
  • Experience with videography, editing, and web content management systems a plus
  • Travel: Rarely: less than 10%
  • Work Environment Set: Office: normally performed in a typical interior/office environment
  • Physical Demands Set: Light work: Involves sitting most of the time, walking, lifting, bending, standing, etc.

Sample interview questions

  • When did you know you wanted to be a meteorologist?
  • Who do you look up to in the field of meteorology?
  • What is your favorite type of weather to forecast? Why?
  • What do you know about our local weather?
  • What sources do you use to prepare your forecasts?
  • When is the best time to issue weather forecasts?
  • What would you do if you made a forecast that turned out to be incorrect?
  • How do you keep up with the latest developments in meteorology?
  • Provide an example of a time when you had to be creative in your weather forecasts.
  • Are you familiar with creating and editing weather graphics?

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