Meteorology Professor

Teach university students about meteorology.

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Salary Range
$44,000 – $149,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Meteorology Professors do?

As any Meteorologist can tell you, predicting the weather requires schooling. Their job isn’t as easy as it seems: More than just helping people decide whether or not to carry an umbrella to work, they help communities plan for severe weather that might hit their area in the near future. As a Meteorology Professor, you provide that education to would-be Meteorologists.

Meteorologists use specialized tools in their work, and as a Meteorology Professor you teach your students how to use these tools. Often, you set up field experiments for them, asking them to take measurements of the wind, rain, and sun patterns and make educated predictions of future weather. You augment these experiments with lectures as a Meteorology Professor, about the history of meteorology and the fundamentals that lie underneath this science. At the end of the course, you provide each student with a grade.

Younger Instructors in your department look up to you and ask for advice on choosing books and lecture topics for their classes. Sometimes, you sit in on classes that these younger Teachers are conducting, and you give pointers to help them improve.

Research consumes your spare time, and you’re often found poring over journals about meteorology. You also write articles or books of your own, based on your research, and you sometimes give interviews to Journalists about extreme weather conditions. You enjoy being seen as an expert, especially since you’ve worked so many years for the distinction.

Serving on committees in your school is also part of the job, and you perform these tasks dutifully. Choosing new staff members and helping determine what courses your department will teach ensure that you’re providing students with the best education possible.

Should I be a Meteorology Professor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Hydrology Teacher, Hydrometeorology Teacher, Meteorology Instructor, Meteorology Teacher, Petrology Teacher

    How to become a Meteorology Professor

    Most Meteorology Professors have a Doctorate or a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaaaj9&chl=||||master%27s+%2813%25%29|doctorate+%2887%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,87
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