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									Paul Westfall

May 5, 2013

       A meteorologist has a job to where they study the atmospherical pressure changes and

this shows them what the weather is going to be like in a certain time period. Meteorologist also

have the job of contacting other agencies, offices, and laboratories to see what the other

professionals see about the changes of the climatological information to help create weather

warnings, advisories, and predications. They also can have the job of studying old climate

history to try and predict the weather/ climate situations of the future, this helps to try and predict

big storms. The main job of a meteorologist is to interpret data, reports, maps, photographs, or

charts to predict long- or short-range weather conditions, using computer models and knowledge

of climate theory, physics, and mathematics. Also they do these to predictions and interpretations

so that they can broadcast the weather and try and be as accurate and close as possible.

       You can get into to meteorology with as low as a bachelor’s degree, but if you want to

make the big bucks you need a masters or Doctorial/ professional degree. At Central Michigan,

each credit hour is about $362, the tuition fees would be roughly about $43000. Then you have

to add in your books which will roughly be $2000. Also there is room and board if you’re going

to live on campus, which is roughly another $28000. All of this added up together equals out to

roughly $73000. This is just a bachelor’s degree; I want a master’s degree so I pretty much have

to double that price. This is the price without any scholarships. So, I would be looking at roughly

$146,000 just to get my masters in atmospherical sciences.

       The employment of meteorologist in 2010 was around 10,000 people. It is also subjected

to see a 10-20% increase in employment by the year 2020. There will be approximately being
about 2100 job openings within those years with the increase. I feel like I’m not going to have to

worry about finding a job opening because I want to do meteorology for a military group like the

air force or coast guard.

       When you become a meteorologist your starting pay can start as little as $55,000. Your

pay can increase with your degrees though, so you can start, or end up with a yearly salary of

130,000. The median pay for a meteorologist is $91,000.

       I’ve always been interested in clouds, weather, tornadoes, and natural disasters of any

sort. I just find them extremely fascinating. I think that they’re a beautiful, horrendous disaster.

I’ve always just wanted to learn how the weather climates that we have come together (like what

causes them). Plus I’ve always wanted to storm chase and to do this you need to have some sort

or knowledge in meteorology.
                                       Work Cited
“Atmospheric and Space science”, American Job Association. Updated 2012.

       Web. 13 May 2013

“Atmospheric Scientists, Including Meteorologists” Bureau of Labor Statistics. 5 April

2012. Web. 13 May 2013.

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