Meteorological Technician

Job Description:

A Meteorological Technician collects and analyses weather data and assists meteorologists in forecasting and monitoring weather conditions.

Job Category:
Environmental Industry

What you will do:

As a meteorological technician, you will:

  • Conduct routine weather observations using various instruments and equipment, including weather stations, radar, and weather balloons
  • Ensure the proper functioning and calibration of meteorological instruments and equipment to maintain data accuracy
  • Record and log weather data, such as temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, atmospheric pressure, and precipitation
  • Assist in analysing collected data to identify weather patterns, trends, and anomalies
  • Prepare weather reports, forecasts, and climate summaries for meteorologists, government agencies, aviation, and other users
  • Collaborate with meteorologists to provide real-time data and information for weather forecasting and severe weather alerts
  • Monitor and track severe weather phenomena, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and storms, and report on their development and movement
  • Contribute to climate studies and research by collecting long-term climate data and assisting in climate assessments
  • Ensure the accuracy and integrity of meteorological data by conducting quality control checks and data validation
  • Maintain communication with other meteorological stations, airports, and relevant agencies to exchange weather information
  • Operate computer software and systems for data analysis, modeling, and generating weather reports
  • Educate and inform the public about weather conditions, safety measures, and climate-related issues through outreach programs or media interactions
  • Deploy weather instruments and sensors in various locations, including remote areas or research vessels
  • Provide critical weather information during emergency situations, such as natural disasters, to support disaster management efforts
  • Maintain detailed records of weather observations, instrument maintenance, and data analysis activities


You will need:

  • a fundamental understanding of meteorological principles
  • knowledge of meteorological instruments and equipment and how to use and maintain them
  • familiarity with various types of weather data
  • basic data analysis skills to identify weather patterns, trends, and anomalies in collected data
  • knowledge of safety protocols and precautions when working with meteorological instruments and during severe weather events
  • knowledge in geography, environmental science and weather forecasting

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

While there are no strict GCSE subject requirements to become a meteorological technician, it’s advisable to choose subjects that can provide a strong foundation for future studies in meteorology or related fields. Consider the following subjects:

  1. Mathematics: Mathematics is crucial for understanding weather data, performing calculations, and analysing meteorological patterns.
  2. Physics: Physics principles are fundamental to understanding atmospheric processes and weather phenomena.
  3. Geography: Geography provides valuable knowledge about Earth’s climate systems, weather patterns, and geographical features.
  4. Environmental Science: Environmental science courses can help you develop an appreciation for Earth’s ecosystems and the interconnectedness of environmental factors.
  5. IT or Computer Science: Proficiency in using computers and software is essential for data analysis and modeling in meteorology.
  6. English: Strong communication skills, including writing and presentation, are valuable in conveying weather information accurately.

While these subjects can provide a solid foundation, what matters most is pursuing a relevant higher education program, such as a degree in meteorology or atmospheric science, after completing your GCSEs. Higher education will provide the specific knowledge and skills necessary for a career as a meteorological technician.

To become a meteorological technician, you’ll need a combination of education, skills, and practical experience. Here are the qualifications and requirements:


A high school diploma or equivalent is typically the minimum educational requirement. However, many employers prefer candidates with some post-secondary education, such as an associate degree or relevant coursework in meteorology, atmospheric science, environmental science, or a related field.

Bachelor’s Degree (Optional)

While not always required, having a bachelor’s degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, or a related discipline can significantly enhance your qualifications and job prospects, especially for more advanced positions.

Hands-On Training

Practical experience is crucial. Participate in internships or entry-level positions in weather monitoring, data collection, or related roles to gain hands-on experience.

Certifications (Optional)

Consider obtaining relevant certifications, such as the Certified Weather Observer (CWO) certification offered by the National Weather Association (NWA), to demonstrate your expertise and commitment.

Working Hours and Environment:

Meteorological technicians work in shifts, often 24/7, monitoring and reporting weather conditions in various environments, including weather stations, outdoor fieldwork, and indoor offices.

Career Path & Progression:

Meteorological technicians typically begin with a relevant degree, such as meteorology. They start as entry-level technicians, gaining experience in data collection and observations. With time, they can specialise, network, and advance into senior roles, potentially pursuing further education or transitioning into related industries.