Atmospheric & Space Scientists


Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.
Also called: Forecaster, General Forecaster, Meteorologist, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

Knowledge:

    Math and Science
  • physics
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
    Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
    Communications
  • multimedia

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
    People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
    Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
    Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
    Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Achievement/Effort

Technology:

    Analytical or scientific software
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
    Graphics or photo imaging software
  • AccuWeather Galileo
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
    Operating system software
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Windows

Education:

    bachelor's degree
    master's degree
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