What is it like to be a Weather Forecaster?
Weather forecasters (or meteorologists) study the weather patterns and atmospheric conditions of different geographic locations. Their work focuses on predicting and delivering short-term forecasts for a 7-10 day period. Forecasters will combine scientific principles, observations as well as satellite and radar data to form their predictions. Duties include issuing general forecasts, weather warnings, and providing information and advice regarding specific weather conditions.
Weather forecasters work in a range of settings including government organisations such as the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, learning institutions and various news sectors. Careers as a weather forecaster are often dynamic and challenging.
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.
This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.
Is it right for me?
As a weather forecaster, you will have excellent communication skills and have a strong passion for researching, observing and analysing data. An advanced level of mathematics, statistics and/or physics is also beneficial.
Other key skills and attributes include:
- analytical ability
- an aptitude for problem solving
- organisational skills
- efficient time management
- excellent speaking ability
- ability to cope with shift work and be able to adapt to the 24/7 nature of the job.
To become a Weather Forecaster
To be able to become an weather forecaster, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:
Which pathway is best for you is individual in nature. Contact a career counsellor to explore these options further.