Atmospheric scientists study the weather and climate, and how those conditions affect human activity and the earth in general.
Most atmospheric scientists work indoors in weather stations, offices, or laboratories. Occasionally, they do fieldwork, which means working outdoors to examine the weather. Some atmospheric scientists may have to work extended hours during weather emergencies.
Atmospheric scientists need a bachelor's degree in atmospheric science or a closely related field for most positions. Those who work in research usually need a master's degree or a Ph.D.
The median annual wage for atmospheric scientists, including meteorologists was $89,820 in May 2015.
Employment of atmospheric scientists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The best job prospects for atmospheric scientists will be in private industry.
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