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Meteorologists forecast the weather and study the atmosphere to improve the understanding of climate.

Duties & Tasks
Meteorologists may perform the following tasks:
  • use and develop scientific techniques to forecast and interpret atmospheric conditions
  • analyse and interpret surface, upper-level and other measurements (including satellite images and other remote sensing data about atmospheric conditions)
  • prepare weather forecasts for the public as well as specific users such as aviation, marine, defence and emergency services
  • issue warnings for cyclones, storms, gales, floods, frosts and fire danger
  • study climate and identify climatic change
  • work with physicists and engineers to develop observation equipment and distribute information on topics such as air pollution
  • supervise and coordinate the work of other meteorologists, technical officers and meteorological observers
  • carry out weather studies for particular clients.
  • Working conditions
    Meteorologists in forecasting positions usually work in shifts. Operational meteorologists may work in field station locations throughout Australia and its territories, from the tropics to Antarctica. Others are involved in policy development, administration and training.
    Personal requirements
  • enjoy and have aptitude for science (especially physics) and mathematics
  • flexible and resourceful
  • interested in the provision of meteorological services to the community.
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