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Occupation Title: Atmospheric & Space Scientists

Description: 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. 

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 19-2021

Sample Job Titles: Broadcast Meteorologist, Chief Meteorologist, Forecaster, General Forecaster, Hydrometeorological Technician, Meteorologist, Meteorologist-in-Charge, Science and Operations Officer (SOO), Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Weather Forecaster

 Salary Chart Atmospheric and Space Scientists

Estimated Total Employment*
2008: 8,860
2009: 8,320
2010: 8,640
2011: 9,640
2012: 10,190

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2010-2020): 2,100
Projected Growth (2010-2020): 10-19%

(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. REC-0439914 and DRL-0910041 (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography).

Suggested citation: Association of American Geographers, Jobs & Careers Website, Salary Data and Trends, http://www.aag.org/cs/salary_data_and_trends/salary_data_and_trends_overview (accessed mm//dd/yyyy).