Weather Observer

Collect, analyze, and share weather information about remote locations.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$26,000 – $71,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Weather Observers do?

Almost everyone has worked as a freelance Weather Observer at one point or another. Each time a person steps outside and reads a thermometer, that person is performing a Weather Observer’s task. As a professional Weather Observer, however, you perform many more complicated tasks, and it’s unlikely that you can do any of them from the comfort of your own home.

You may be stationed at an outpost in a forest, on top of a mountain, or on a ship at sea. You may be expected to stay in this location for weeks or months at a time, and you may not have many visitors.

You use thermometers to record the temperature several times a day. You also measure the speed of the wind, the humidity level in the air, and the rainfall within a specified period. Then you keep detailed reports of each and every one of your measurements, and transmit those reports to the home office using a computer or Teletype machine.

You may also perform more sophisticated testing, such as strapping measuring materials to weather balloons and launching them. You mark down what those balloons have measured, and transmit that information to the home office.

You’ll learn to truly love the weather. In fact, you may come to adore terrible storms, as these provide you with a significant amount of work to do and an opportunity to capture record-breaking measurements. You must be honest in your reporting, though, and not allow your quest for fame to cloud your judgment.

Should I be a Weather Observer?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Weather Observer

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