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What is it like to be a Climatologist?

Climatologists are scientists that study the variability of Earth’s climate. This includes understanding past, present, and future variations in our atmosphere, ocean, biosphere, polar ice caps and other Earth system components.

Climatologists use their knowledge to create climate models and to generate seasonal rainfall forecasts and future climate scenarios

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014.

Is it right for me?

As a climatologist, you will possess excellent analytical skills and have a strong passion for researching the relationship between climate, humanity and the environment.

Other key skills and attributes include:

  • good written and verbal communication skills
  • an aptitude for problem solving
  • organisational skills
  • ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team
  • excellent research skills

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