Atmospheric Scientist at a Glance

Projected Job Growth

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    Atmospheric Scientist

  • 2013
  • 2023

Average Salary for Atmospheric Scientist

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Best States for Atmospheric Scientist

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Colorado 1,580 $103,630 $50
Maryland 760 $92,490 $44
Alaska 130 $87,220 $42

Becoming an Atmospheric Scientist

Most job positions for atmospheric scientists require will require a bachelor's degree in meteorology or a closely-related field. Research positions require at least a master's degree, but more typically a Ph.D. As of this writing, there are very few online undergraduate degree programs in meteorology. A typical meteorology degree program will include classes in meteorology, mathematics, computer science, physics, and chemistry.

Students who plan to pursue a career as a broadcast meteorologist might consider a degree program that offers electives in speech, journalism, or broadcasting. All types of atmospheric scientists should possess strong computer science, math, critical thinking, and writing skills. A sampling of classes in a typical bachelor's degree program in meteorology may include:

  • Weather Analysis and Forecasting
  • Computer Science
  • Atmospheric Physics and Remote Sensing
  • Meteorological Instrumentation

The BLS reports that over the next decade, graduates from meteorology degree programs is expected to exceed the number of available jobs. Potential employers may favor candidates with a master's degree or higher. A bachelor's degree in mathematics, physics, or engineering can provide excellent preparation for graduate study in atmospheric science.