- 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 ...