Chief Meteorologist

What Does A Chief Meteorologist Do?

A broadcast meteorologist provides weather forecasts through television or radio broadcasts.

How Do I Become A Chief Meteorologist?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in a scientific field such as atmospheric sciences, physics, chemistry, or another related field is probably necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master’s or doctorate) in a related field, which may take an additional two-five years to earn, would be more valuable. Some broadcast meteorologists may have communication-related degrees with some extra coursework in the sciences.

What is the Average Salary For A Chief Meteorologist?

High – 140,000
Median – 85,000
Low – 48,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Chief Meteorologist?

  • Science – As much as possible!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Journalism
  • Psychology

What Is The Work Environment For A Chief Meteorologist?

Many meteorologists are employed by universities, scientific services, and the government. The meteorologist featured in the video, Alan, is employed by a television station. Broadcast meteorologists work both in the studio and outside at times.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Chief Meteorologist?

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Chief Meteorologist?