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Meteorologists work in the study of the earth’s atmosphere, climate and weather patterns, researching influences and causes, and predicting forecasts. They take information and data from the land, sea and atmosphere and use it to understand the causes of different weather conditions. They may study the impact of the weather on the environment, specifically looking at the impacts of climate change and global warming.
Meteorologists can choose to specialise in research or in forecasting, which are the main two areas of work. However, all meteorologists can help to create weather forecasts for use by the general public, aviation sectors, armed forces and the agriculture industry.
Working in forecasting might involve the following tasks:
Meteorologists focusing on research may be involved in:
As with all scientific research fields, keeping up-to-date with relevant developments and findings is very important. Meteorologists have a very specific expertise, and will be expected to have the relevant skills and experience. Meteorologists can be employed by big public sector organisations such as the Met Office or the BBC, or could work for private environmental consultancies and research centres.