Meteorologist Matapae Huarere

Meteorologists study the atmosphere to understand and predict weather and climate.

Meteorologists may do some or all of the following:

  • monitor and study weather systems and atmospheric patterns using satellites and radars
  • study and predict weather conditions and climate trends using computer forecasting models
  • prepare weather maps and forecasts for the media, and shipping and airline companies
  • design experiments and equipment to measure air quality and composition, ozone, greenhouse gases and pollution
  • be involved in public awareness programmes about the weather
  • supervise the work of people in other technical roles 
  • teach and supervise students at universities
  • write up results of experiments and publish work in scientific journals.

Physical Requirements

Meteorologists need to be reasonably fit and enjoy working outdoors because some field work may be involved.  

 

Useful Experience

Useful experience for meteorologists includes:

  • practical work experience in the environment, physical science or geography
  • weather-related interests such as surfing, gliding, flying, skiing, tramping, diving and fishing.

Personal Qualities

Meteorologists need to be:

  • good at problem solving and planning
  • curious and observant 
  • good communicators with an ability to write reports and research papers
  • organised and able to work to tight schedules
  • persistent, patient and motivated
  • able to work well in a team.

Meteorologists working in research need to have good investigative and analytical skills. 

Useful Experience

Useful experience for meteorologists includes:

  • practical work experience in the environment, physical science or geography
  • weather-related interests such as surfing, gliding, flying, skiing, tramping, diving and fishing.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include English, physics, chemistry, maths and geography. 

Meteorologists can earn around $45K-$60K per year per year.

Meteorologists at MetService may progress to work in:

  • severe weather forecasting
  • management positions such as project or team leader
  • training roles
  • computer modelling
  • marketing and consulting.

Meteorologists working as researchers may progress to senior research scientist, policy analyst or managerial roles. 

Meteorologists can specialise as climatologists, who study ozone and air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, weather hazards and agricultural productivity, and renewable energy.

Meteorologist

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