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How Do I Become a Broadcast Meteorologist?

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Broadcast meterologists are public figures, so you should be outgoing, as well as comfortable with attention, to become a broadcast meteorologist. You need to have a bachelor's degree in meteorology or broadcasting in order to get hired at a position, though a broadcasting degree alone will likely not allow you to become a broadcast meteorologist. A master's degree could be helpful in obtaining a position, especially at larger broadcasting stations or companies. The last step is to apply for jobs and begin at an entry-level position to eventually work your way to bigger jobs.

To work in broadcast meteorology, you need to have a personality that is charismatic and friendly, as viewers or listeners have to like you and be able to relate to you. You can find this out by taking an introductory class in broadcasting as an undergraduate student and speaking with professors and peers in your classes about the likelihood of finding a job in the field. This is a competitive field, so to become a broadcast meteorologist, you need to have an ambitious and determined personality, as well as the willingness to work long hours for relatively little pay at first.

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The best route to become a broadcast meteorologist is to begin an undergraduate program in meteorology, broadcast meteorology, or atmospheric science. As a broadcast meteorologist, you will be required to make weather forecasts based upon scientific data, so classes in biology, physics, and meteorology are extremely important. In some cases, you can begin a career by majoring in broadcasting or journalism, getting a job at a broadcasting network or station, and working your way to the position of meteorologist. Classes in graphic design can also be helpful, as you might need to know how to design your own weather charts to use when on air, especially at small broadcasting companies that do not employ designers.

You can apply for jobs with radio, television, and Internet weather stations to become a broadcast meteorologist. There is not one set path to this job, as you need to gain the support of a station manager who likes your work in order to begin your career. The application process involves interviews with a station, so having a weather forecast ready in advance, whether for radio or television, can be helpful in showcasing your talents in the field to become a broadcast meteorologist.

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