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Meteorology is a program that focuses on the scientific study of the prediction of atmospheric motion and climate change. includes instruction in general circulation patterns, weather phenomena, atmospheric predictability, parameterization, numerical and statistical analysis, large- and mesoscale phenomena, kinematic structures, precipitation processes, and forecasting techniques.
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($41K) with a Bachelor's Degree: Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach
Career with the highest median salary ($227K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Sales Representatives of Services
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Careers for program graduates
Meteorology majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Atmospheric and Space Scientis...Specialized Physical Scientist...Specialized ManagersPostsecondary TeachersSoftware DevelopersElementary and Middle School S...Management AnalystsAircraft pilots and flight eng...Computer User Support Speciali...Computer and Information Syste...Education and childcare admini...First-Line Supervisors of Reta...First-Line Supervisors of Offi...First-Line Supervisors of Non-...Computer Systems AnalystsSpecialized Computer Occupatio...Wholesale and Manufacturing Sa...
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
0501001502000-1 Year CertificateBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
Completions over time
Have completions for atmospheric sciences and meteorology changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in meteorology doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field atmospheric sciences and meteorology, which includes meteorology.
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How does the median (middle) salary for atmospheric sciences and meteorology majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
Distribution: atmospheric sciences and meteorology majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's inatmospheric sciences and meteorology by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in atmospheric sciences and meteorology
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in atmospheric sciences and meteorology. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 45% of atmospheric sciences and meteorology majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of atmospheric sciences and meteorology majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 73% of other fields.
Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
48%52%26%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Top careers for those with a degree in atmospheric sciences and meteorology
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology (which combines 5 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Atmospheric and Space Scientists
  2. Specialized Physical Scientists
  3. Specialized Managers
  4. Postsecondary Teachers
  5. Software Developers
  6. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  7. Management Analysts
  8. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
  9. Computer User Support Specialists
  10. Computer and Information Systems Managers
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Careers for atmospheric sciences and meteorology majors
Where do atmospheric sciences and meteorology majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in atmospheric sciences and meteorology
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by atmospheric sciences and meteorology graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Atmospheric and Spac...Specialized Physical...Specialized ManagersPostsecondary Teache...Software DevelopersElementary and Middl...Management AnalystsAircraft pilots and ...Computer User Suppor...Computer and Informa...All othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire atmospheric sciences and meteorology majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire atmospheric sciences and meteorology majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by atmospheric sciences and meteorology majors.
Atmospheric Sciences and ...All other degreesAtmospheric and Space Sci...All other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer meteorology degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
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The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Top 10 similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list by pressing the more details button.
  1. Chemistry
  2. Physics
  3. Geology
  4. Physical Sciences
  5. Specialized Study in Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences
  6. Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
  7. Astronomy
  8. Materials Science
  9. Specialized Study in Chemistry
  10. Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
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Careers for atmospheric sciences and meteorology majors
atmospheric sciences and meteorology is part of a larger collection of programs: Physical Sciences. Is there a different program that's close to atmospheric sciences and meteorology that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in meteorology earned in the last academic year, 41% were women.
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Completions over time
Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
Context: Percentage women
This major has a lower percentage of women than 65% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
Context: Salary inequity
For atmospheric sciences and meteorology graduates, men have a 37% higher median salary than women, This is high: 92% of programs have graduates with lower salary inequities.
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all meteorology graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 62% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
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Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 86% of other programs.