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Meteorologists study the Earth's atmosphere and forecast the weather. This information is of vital importance to the sea transport and offshore industries, as well as those in power generation, the armed services, commercial aviation and agriculture. Meteorologists also use this information to work out future changes in the Earth's climate.

The Work

You could be:

Meteorologists can specialise in either forecasting or research.

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for a graduate trainee forecaster with the Meteorological Office is £19,127 a year. Once qualified as an Operational Meteorologist, this rises to £28,644 a year. With experience, earnings can be around £32,000 to £35,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

The Met Office usually have two intakes of trainees a year, which are advertised around February and August.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
3460
1.4 %
RISE
2023
3507
  United Kingdom
2018
27795
3.3 %
RISE
2023
28715

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Met Office headquarters is in Exeter, but there are also centres throughout the UK, including Aberdeen. As well as reporting on the weather, the Met Office now provides more general environmental scientific and educational services. The Met Office also has international responsibilities as the Regional Specialised Met Centre (RSMC) for Emergency Response and a World Area Forecast Centre for Aviation.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Antarctic Survey
Tel: 01223 221400
Website: http://www.bas.ac.uk
Twitter: @BAS_News
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BritishAntarcticSurvey

Met Office
Tel: 0370 900 0100
E-mail: enquiries@metoffice.gov.uk
Website: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk
Twitter: @metoffice
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/metoffice

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Tel: 01793 411500
Website: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/
Twitter: @NERCscience
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NERC-Natural-Environment-Research-Council-904192853026208/

Royal Meteorological Society
Tel: 0118 956 8500
Website: http://www.rmets.org
Twitter: @RMetS

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council promotes the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of and education in science, technology, mathematics, computing and information technology. It awards the designation of Chartered Scientist (CSci) to those candidates who can meet the high standards required.

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