Weather Reporter

Weather reporters who are sometimes called “weather forecasters” or “broadcast meteorologists” work for television stations radio stations newspapers or online news services where they analyze weather conditions for public audiences. Viewers or listeners of the show or publication rely on weather reporters for accurate information. Weather reporters gather information on air currents precipitation and temperature and they analyze information that has been transmitted via satellites and radar. They also talk or write about how weather of the present day compares to weather that occurred on the same date a year ago or even several years in the past. Based on all the data they have they also make predictions about weather patterns that are anticipated for the following day or as far out as a week. They may issue travel advisories when weather conditions are turbulent. Not only do they report on local weather but they also talk or write about weather in other locations. They elaborate on any storm systems that are either local or occurring in other parts of the country. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs working for national newspapers and broadcast stations are highly competitive but there are greater employment opportunities to work with smaller publications or stations or for online newspapers. To prepare for a career as a weather reporter individuals should obtain experience on school newspapers and they usually need to serve in internships with news organizations. Weather reporters usually work long hours and must be able to deal with pressure to meet reporting deadlines. According to the website www.ehow.com weather reporters should have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or mass communication as well as a background in meteorology in order to qualify for a job. The median annual salary for weather reporters is approximately $70000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $70000
High Salary: $80000
Low Salary: $60000
Tasks: Reports on current weather patterns.
Provides forecasts for future weather.
Discusses weather-related trends.
Announces severe weather advisories.
Also Called: Meteorologist
Weather Forecaster
Climatologist
Broadcast Meteorologists
Additional Resources: http://weather.about.com/od/weatherfaqs/f/meteorologist.htm
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos088.htm
http://www.ehow.com/about_5217906_job-descriptions-weather-forecasters.html