Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 19-2021 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. Include weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of a meteorologist.
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: 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. Prepare weather reports or maps for analysis, distribution, or use in weather broadcasts, using computer graphics. 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. Develop or use mathematical or computer models for weather forecasting. Gather data from sources such as surface or upper air stations, satellites, weather bureaus, or radar for use in meteorological reports or forecasts. Prepare forecasts or briefings to meet the needs of industry, business, government, or other groups. Measure wind, temperature, and humidity in the upper atmosphere, using weather balloons. Conduct numerical simulations of climate conditions to understand and predict global or regional weather patterns. Direct forecasting services at weather stations or at radio or television broadcasting facilities. Formulate predictions by interpreting environmental data, such as meteorological, atmospheric, oceanic, paleoclimate, climate, or related information. Prepare scientific atmospheric or climate reports, articles, or texts. Perform managerial duties, such as creating work schedules, creating or implementing staff training, matching staff expertise to situations, or analyzing performance of offices. Consult with other offices, agencies, professionals, or researchers regarding the use and interpretation of climatological information for weather predictions and warnings. Conduct meteorological research into the processes or determinants of atmospheric phenomena, weather, or climate.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $30.81   Entry $64,088.00
Mean $49.06   Mean $102,043.00
Experience $58.18 Experience $121,015.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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