Careers in Meteorology
Meteorology blends mathematics, physics, and computer sciences to provide a theoretical and applied framework to understand and predict the complexities of the atmosphere. Our undergraduate program prepares students for the pursuit of a broad range of careers in meteorology, environmental science, and related fields. Additionally, approximately 40% of our students go on to graduate schools across the nation. Of late, our broadcast students have been particularly successful, maintaining a 100% employment rate in the weeks following graduation. Our graduate program also prepares students for a broad range of careers, including working with governmental organizations such as the National Weather Service, private companies, and academia.
Students pursuing a degree in Meteorology should make use of the University’s excellent Career Services office, which can be found on the third floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Union, as well as the Career Fairs put on by the American Meteorological Society and the OU College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. These fairs typically take place in the Spring semester, so students should make use of the winter break to prepare resumes, business cards, “elevator pitches”, etc.
Undergraduates can find student jobs throughout the National Weather Center and campus, as well with private weather companies throughout the Oklahoma City metro. Jobs connected to meteorological research give students a leg up on the competition when applying for employment after graduation. CIMMS, the Oklahoma Mesonet, the NWC Library, and others have employed Meteorology undergraduates in the past. Students are encouraged to make use of the OU HR department’s resources, which can be found here, as well as checking this page regularly for jobs sent to the department. Most graduate students are employed as either a Graduate Reseach Assistant (GRA) or a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) within the School or with one of our partners in the National Weather Center.