Meteorologists study the physics and dynamics of the atmosphere to increase understanding of weather and climate, and to forecast changes in the weather and long-term climatic trends.
Specialisations: Climatologist, Weather Forecaster.
Earnings are median for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax, including amounts salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.
Source: ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), Customised Report.
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A lower unemployment rate shows people who work in this job are less likely to be out of work than people who work in other jobs.
Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.
Sources: ABS Labour Force Survey (custom trend) for 4-digit occupations (e.g., ANZSCO ID 1112) and 2016 Census for 6-digit occupations (e.g., ANZSCO ID 111211). As the figures come from different sources, the 6-digit figures may not sum to match the 4-digit totals.
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Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
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The number of people working as Meteorologists (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:from 740 in 2011 to 680 in 2016.
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A bachelor degree in science majoring in mathematics, physics or a related field is needed to work as a Meteorologist. Some Meteorologists complete postgraduate studies.
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Employers look for Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Reading work related information.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Talking to others.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities.
Read and understand written information.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use rules to solve problems.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2021.00 - Atmospheric and Space Scientists.
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The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
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How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
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How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.