The weather may be the most fascinating thing on Earth, well, I’m biased because I am a meteorologist and have always been interested in the weather, but it really can be. I tend to take a lot of weather photos, and yes, the image above is while I was at Rutgers University walking to class.
For me, I have always wanted to be a meteorologist — and ever since I was little the interest was always there. I was so excited that by the time I hit the college age it was finally time to learn how the atmospheric mechanisms work.
And oh boy is there a lot to those atmospheric mechanisms.
My interest in weather was looking at clouds, seeing a thunderstorm roll through the sky, and when will the hurricane make landfall. But as I started college I had no idea how much math and physics were involved.
That just might be the most surprising aspect about meteorology.
So what’s required to be a meteorologist?
The short answer is a bachelor’s degrees in meteorology. The long answer is a lot of coursework in math and science. Let me explain.
As most colleges require you still need to cover your general education courses in English, History, and other classes. But as you venture further into your meteorology degree you’ll be required to take a few Calculus courses, Physics, and of course Meteorology. Let’s just say there are a lot of equations involved.
As I was going through my bachelor’s degree I remember taking Chemistry I and II, Physics, Calculus I, II, and II, Differential Equations, Numerical Methods of Environmental Science, Introduction to Meteorology, Introduction to Climatology, Climate Dynamics, Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere, Meteorological Analysis, Mesoscale Meteorology, Synoptic Meteorology, Computational Methods for Meteorology, Hydrological Processes, Physical Meteorology, Tropical Meteorology, Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere, and Dynamics of the Atmosphere.
Most of these classes, if not all of them, required endless nights of studying. This list might sound rigorous, but not all of these classes are at once. You generally take 2-3 meteorology courses per semester, along with your general requirements, and take the time to learn all of the atmosphere’s dynamics.
After 4 years of studying, there are a lot of options you may go for your career path. Using myself as an example, I am a broadcast meteorologist and I forecast for local areas. I don’t forecast for the entire country, but just where I viewed from the TV. We will discuss this in a later blog, but either way you’ll enjoy taking this direction if you chose to do so. For me, I love it and am glad I am sticking with this route because this is my lifelong dream. After all, the weather doesn’t just affect you, it impacts everyone.
It’s nearly the topic of all conversations.