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Career Connection - Atmospheric Scientist

Are you curious about the world around you? Atmospheric scientists study the weather and climate. They examine how those conditions affect human activity and the Earth in general. Weather and climate impact our everyday lives in many ways including what we wear, the food we can grow, our access to water, and even how we get around. Severe weather can affect our safety, shelter and access to resources. Most atmospheric scientists work inside in weather stations, offices, Universities, or laboratories. Some do fieldwork, which means working outside to study the weather. And yes, some are broadcast meteorologists which means they work at a news station telling the community what weather to expect. Atmospheric scientists need a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science or a closely related field for most positions. Those who work in research usually need a master’s degree or a Ph.D. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics calculate that the lowest 10 percent of all Atmospheric Scientists earned less than $52,350, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $153,150.

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