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.

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.

Tasks

  • Studies composition, structure and dynamics of the atmosphere, investigating the direction and speed of air movements, air pressure and temperature, humidity and other phenomena.
  • Investigates the nature of solar and terrestrial (infra-red) radiations and effects on the atmosphere.
  • Studies physical nature and properties of solid and liquid particles suspended in the atmosphere, investigating them as the process of cloud formation, precipitation and electrical disturbances.
  • Studies data on atmospheric conditions obtained to prepare weather maps and forecasts for advice to aviation, shipping, agriculture and the general public.
  • Studies climatic conditions by analysing meteorological observations made over extended periods of time, and investigates past and possible future fluctuations in climate.
  • Employs balloons, rockets and artificial earth satellites and such techniques as spectroscopy, hygrometry, daylight and infra-red photography, radar and radio to obtain data on atmospheric conditions, and directs processing of the data.
  • May specialise in a particular area of meteorological science.

All Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

  • $2,094 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Meteorologists

  • 680 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 30% female Gender Share

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.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Meteorologists work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and Tasmania have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 30% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services80.0
Public Administration and Safety8.8
Education and Training4.7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1.9
Other Industries4.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMeteorologistsAll Jobs Average
NSW18.131.6
VIC42.125.6
QLD11.420.0
SA5.27.0
WA8.810.8
TAS6.82.0
NT3.81.0
ACT3.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMeteorologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-243.0-9.39.3
25-3425.3-22.922.9
35-4428.4-22.022.0
45-5425.9-21.621.6
55-598.5-9.09.0
60-643.9-6.06.0
65 and Over4.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMeteorologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate68.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree24.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV1.5-21.121.1
Year 122.9-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

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.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mathematics

    80% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  2. Geography

    77% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  3. Computers and Electronics

    71% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. Physics

    69% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  5. English Language

    66% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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  1. Electronic Mail

    99% Important

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  2. Time Pressure

    95% Important

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  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    94% Important

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  4. Telephone

    94% Important

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  5. Freedom to Make Decisions

    92% Important

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