School Visit: Types of Meteorologists

Recently Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick visited Elkview Middle School for career day talking about the different Meteorology careers.

Recently I was asked to visit Elkview Middle School in Kanawha County.  I spoke to the 7th graders talking about the many different types of meteorology careers and what I do exactly.

Below is a photo of all of us.

I want to thank Jennifer Wible for inviting me.  They were a nice group and keep up the great work!

So what are the different types of meteorologists?

  • Broadcast Meteorologists: These folks are the people who interpret and report the weather for television.
  • Research Meteorologists: Many of these scientists work for the National Weather Service or other government agency. NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the military. Most have a particular issue they are studying.
  • Teachers and Professors: Many people use their knowledge of the atmosphere and meteorology to become educators. Sharing your knowledge at a high school or college level can help to create future generations of meteorologists.
  • Forensic Meteorologists: This type of meteorologist will often investigate claims for insurance companies on past weather or research weather for a court of law.
  • Consulting Meteorologists: Large companies now hire meteorologists for consultation work. Companies such as Liz Claiborne, M&M Candies, and Target all hire meteorologists to improve their buying and selling power.
  • Climate Meteorologists: This type of meteorologist looks at long-term weather patterns and data to help predict future climate trends and past climate data.
  • Archive Meteorologists: Many weather scientists will also be in charge of researching, verifying, and reporting on storms of the past.

If you're a teacher and your class is having a career day or studying weather in science and want me to come to your school, e-mail me and we'll work out a schedule.

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