Applied Meteorologists apply weather and climate information to problems facing agriculture and commerce. The applied meteorology option provides the tools to improve the health, safety, and productivity of today's world. Graduates work on many environmental problems, such as increasing carbon dioxide levels, decreasing upper atmosphere ozone levels, and the increasing pollutants in the lower atmosphere that affect crops, domestic and wild animals, and man.
Developing ExperienceThe option involves extensive coursework in meteorology, physics, and mathematics, as well as first-hand experience in applying basic concepts to real world situations. Many students enroll in internship training programs with private industry or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Employment OpportunitiesEmployment opportunities exist with the National Weather Service, the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service, the Environmental Research Laboratories, and the Department of Defense. The option is compatible with AFROTC or NROTC programs.
Private meteorological or environmental consulting firms provide weather information and apply atmospheric sciences to air pollution control, energy distribution, marketing, transportation, weather modification, and agriculture. Insurance and commodities industries employ meteorologists educated in statistics, agriculture, and world climates.
The need for college graduates who can apply weather information in agriculture, business, and industry will continue to create employment opportunities for applied meteorologists.
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