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Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 by Editors at JIST, US Department of Labor

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Physical Scientists

Atmospheric Scientists

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Significant Points
  • About 34 percent of atmospheric scientists are employed by the federal government; most of these work in the National Weather Service.
  • A bachelor’s degree in meteorology, or in a closely related field with courses in meteorology, is the minimum educational requirement; a master’s degree is necessary for some positions, and a Ph.D. degree is required for most basic research positions.
  • Keen competition is expected for jobs; those with graduate degrees should enjoy better prospects than those with only a bachelor’s degree.
Nature of the Work

Atmospheric science is the study of the atmosphere—the blanket of air covering the Earth. Atmospheric scientists study the ...

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