CAREER OPTION > Meteorologist
Meteorology is a tough subject which requires prior knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry and computers. If you have an interest and knowledge in the following subjects, you can become a successful meteorologist in the future. As a meteorologist, you will study about the earth’s atmosphere and its changes. It can be helpful in forecasting weather especially rains, storms, snowfalls etc. You can analyse weather conditions and make forecast which is why your role will be very important in private agencies such as airlines or government sectors that are concerned with weather or air pollution.
You have career prospects across the globe in places like airports, flight training centres, weather stations, planes and ships. If you are interested in studying the long term changes in weather, you will need to study climatology. You will study atmospheric chemistry or how the radio waves pass through different kinds of weather. You collect data and evaluate it using several methods. On the basis of your findings about weather condition, actions and responsive measures are taken when and where necessary. With increase in air pollution and drastic changes in weather conditions, the openings for meteorologists have increased over the past few years.
- You have to gain qualifying marks in your H.S.C. (10+2) exams with Physics, Chemistry and Maths being your core subjects under a recognised board of education.
- You have to qualify in entrance exams conducted by several institutions in order to get admitted into the course of meteorology.
- You must be good at problem-solving and planning.
- Good oral and written communication skills are a must since you will be creating and writing reports and research conclusions.
- You should be curious and enquiring to find out about new things.
- A keen observation, patience, persistence, motivation and organised behaviour are must have attributes since you will be working as a team mostly.
- You must possess the ability to accept challenges and forecast things or occurrences before they happen.
How to become a Meteorologist
STEP 1: In order to become a meteorologist, the first step is to pursue an undergraduate course in meteorology. The course duration is generally for a time of 4 years.
STEP 2: The bachelor’s degree that you can opt for are Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences.
STEP 3: You have to attend entrance exams conducted by various universities and qualify in order to be eligible for admissions.
STEP 4: During your four years, you will be trained in subjects like atmosphere and ocean, dynamic earth, forces of nature, global environmental challenges, mathematics for scientists, mechanics and modelling and research and field skills.
STEP 5: After the completion of your under graduate degree, you can either opt for a post-graduate degree by choosing M.Sc. in Meteorology or start working in the industry.
- Andhra University – Vishakhapatnam
- Cochin University of Science and Technology – Kochi
- Shivaji University – Kolhapur
You can get employed in private and public sectors after graduation. You can work with defence forces, aviation industry and many private organizations like news channels, sports federations, environment regulatory bodies, oceanographic academies, space application and research centres etc. You can also work as a lecturer with universities,
As a starting salary you can earn between Rs.30, 000 to Rs.40, 000 per month. Your salary will increase with experience and proficiency. Also, when you become a part of major research projects, your salary can go as high as Rs.75, 000 per month.