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Atmospheric and Space Scientists

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Atmospheric and Space Scientists

Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.

Key Competencies
* Analytical Thinking
* Dependability
* Attention to Detail
* Stress Tolerance
* Adaptability/Flexibility
* Achievement/Effort
* Persistence
* Integrity
* Initiative
* Cooperation

Representative Tasks
* Gather data from sources such as surface or upper air stations, satellites, weather bureaus, or radar for use in meteorological reports or forecasts.
* 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.
* Broadcast weather conditions, forecasts, or severe weather warnings to the public via television, radio, or the Internet or provide this information to the news media.

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Job Family
Life, Physical, and Social Science

Sample Job Titles
Aerologist, Air Analyst, Astrochemist, Atmospheric Chemist, Atmospheric Scientist, Broadcast Meteorologist, Climate Change Risk Assessor, Climatologist, Computer Meteorologist, Forecaster, Forensic Meteorologist, General Forecaster, Hurricane Tracker, Hydrometeorological Technician, Hydrometeorologist, Marine Meteorologist, Meteorological Engineer, Meteorological Technician, Meteorologist, Oceanographic Meteorologist, Operational Meteorologist, Physical Meteorologist, Radiosonde Specialist, Research Meteorologist, Space Scientist, Space Weather Forecaster, Storm Chaser, Synoptic Meteorologist, Tornado Chaser, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Weather Analyst, Weather Forecaster, Weather Reporter, Weatherman.