Sarah Parmor is originally from North Wales, and after going to University in Cardiff to study dentistry, she worked a...
- Specialise in studying weather patterns and preparing forecasts
- You'll need excellent scientific and technical skills
- Progress into leading a team, researching a specific area or move into broadcast roles
As a meteorologist, you'll specialise in forecasting or research.
Your daily tasks will depend on your role.
As a forecaster you'll:
- Collect data from satellite images, radar, remote sensors and weather stations
- Measure air pressure, wind, temperature and humidity
- Predict the weather by analysing information and using computer programmes
- Give weather information and reports to customers
As a researcher you'll:
- Study weather patterns and climate change
- Improve computer predictions
- Use research to predict floods
- Study how the weather affects the spread of pollution or disease
You could work at a client's business or in an office.
For this role, you'll need knowledge of maths, geography and physics, analytical thinking skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work well with others, and thoroughness and attention to detail.
You'll usually need a degree in meteorology or a related subject like physics, maths, environmental studies, geography, or computer science. You might also need a postgraduate qualification in meteorology or climatology if you want to do research.
You can get hands-on experience with the Met Office summer placement schemes. There are schemes for different groups, including graduates and A level students who are thinking about meteorology as a career.
Alternatively, you can apply to the Met Office for a place as a trainee on their forecasting and observations course. You'll need a degree or equivalent qualification in science, maths, or a related subject like geography.
You could also do a short work placement to find out more about meteorology as a career, if you're aged between 14 and 17.
With experience you could manage a team of weather forecasters. You could also move into teaching and train future forecasters and scientists.