Weather Observer

Weather observers study weather patterns and create forecasts that are relayed to the public via radio television and other news outlets. They also provide their findings to various branches of the government. In order for weather observers to make accurate weather predictions they must utilize advanced tools and technology that are designed to analyze weather patterns. Some of the tools that weather observers use to gather information include satellites and weather models that are developed with the help of computers. It is the responsibility of weather reporters to provide information that can be used to warn the public about potential weather emergencies – such as hurricanes severe storms excessive heat and blizzards. On a daily basis they record temperatures barometric pressures wind speed and other types of weather-related data. Because many people rely on accurate weather forecasts so they can plan their daily lives plan their travel accordingly and plan for severe weather the accuracy of weather observers is essential. Therefore in order to be successful weather observers must provide correct information to those who rely on their forecasts. Because weather must be monitored 24 hours per day seven days per week weather observers are required to work in shifts around the clock. Therefore they may be asked to work during nighttime hours on weekends andor on holidays. The minimum formal education needed to work in this profession is a bachelor’s degree but many have master’s degrees and certification from the American Metrological Society. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the salary range for weather observers is $38990 to $127100 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $83045
High Salary: $127100
Low Salary: $38990
Tasks: Conducts weather observations.
Makes weather forecasts.
Utilizes meteorological instruments.
Records temperatures, pressures and wind speeds.
Also Called: Atmospheric Scientist
Weather Reporter
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