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Meteorologist

Aliases: Measurement Researcher

Industry/Sector(s): Education, Training and Research


JOB DESCRIPTION 1

The tasks a Meteorologist is expected to perform include:

  • Studying, compiling and interpreting weather data
  • Forecasting changes in weather over short and long periods
  • Supplying meteorological information for various interests such as agriculture, aviation, etc.
  • Setting up meteorological post equipped with special devices and equipment such as barometer, thermometer, anemometer, hygrometer, humidity recorders, balloons and radio-theodolite
  • Observing and recording readings from equipment and analysing them to determine baroic pressure, temperature and moisture content of air, fog and snow, direction and speed of wind, rainfall and atmospheric ozone
  • Informing aerodrome authorities about weather conditions for safety of planes in flight
  • Preparing weather charts and maps indicating climatic and weather conditions
  • Checking recording instruments, hydrogen balloons, equipment and accessories periodically and ensuring their accuracy and correct performance​

WORK ENVIRONMENT 1, 2
  • It is a desk job
  • Need not handle a team
  • Local travelling is not a part of this job role
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs may be available
  • Work from home option is not available​
Working hours
  • Organizations usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from organization to organization
  • Shift system may be available
  • Overtime may be required
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This may vary from organization to organization

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 3

Preferably, Bachelor's degree in meteorology

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • Skilled in using scientific equipment such as barometer, thermometer, hygrometer, etc.
  • Skilled in observing and forecasting changes in the weather
  • Knowledge of the threshold values of atmospheric pressure, temperature, etc.
  • Skilled in using the relevant software available
  • Proficient in issuing warnings in case of oncoming disasters
  • In-depth knowledge of the kind of effect weather has on agriculture, navigation and aviation
  • Skilled in troubleshooting techniques and keeping the equipment in working state all the time​
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1
  • Focused
  • Hard-working
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 

Colleges providing Bachelor's degree in meteorology across India

AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

For scholarship and schemes, use further links like:

  • https://scholarships.gov.in/​
SAMPLE OF TRAINING AND LEARNING COURSES 

https://targetstudy.com/courses/bsc-meteorology.html

CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 4

Head of Department

           ↑

Meteorologist Teacher

           ↑

Junior Researcher

The progression is indicative​
EXPECTED EARNINGS 3
  • For new entrants - Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 per month
These figures are indicative and subject to change
REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 3

Some organizations hire new entrants too

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 1, 3
  • Indian Meteorology Department
  • Indian Air Force
  • Space application centre
  • National remote sensing agency
  • Weather consulting companies
  • Colleges/universities
  • Other private and public organizations​
KEYWORDS 
  • Meteorologist
  • Atmospheric Scientist
OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
Standard Code Description
NCO 2015 2112.0100 Meteorologist
ISCO 2008 2112 Meteorologists
NIC 2008 72100 Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
QP Reference Not available Not available
NSQF Not available Not available
REFERENCES 
1
National Classification of Occupations Division 2
2
http://www.ccdisabilities.nic.in/page.php?s=reg&t=def&p=list_jobsNew
3
https://targetstudy.com/professions/meteorologist.html
4
http://dget.nic.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/publication/Des-Div-2.pdf
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