Job Description:

Metrologists use very precise measurements in science and industry to make sure that processes and products meet high standards.

Job Category:
Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences

What you will do:

You may:

  • use handheld and computerised measuring equipment
  • check the dimensions of finished products, tools and machine parts
  • compare product standards to technical drawings
  • work closely with technicians to fix production problems
  • calibrate measuring tools in line with recognised standards
  • record test results for production planning and quality control
  • keep up to date with measurement methods, technology and guidelines


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • knowledge of maths
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork)
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Entry Requirements:

To become a meteorologist, you should focus on taking a combination of GCSE subjects that provide a strong foundation in science, mathematics, and communication skills. While the specific GCSE subjects required may vary depending on the educational institution and the level of meteorology you want to pursue, here are the essential subjects that are generally recommended:

  1. Mathematics: A strong foundation in mathematics is essential for meteorology. You should take GCSE Mathematics as it forms the basis for understanding and performing calculations related to weather patterns, statistics, and data analysis.
  2. Physics: GCSE Physics provides fundamental knowledge about the physical principles that govern the atmosphere and weather systems. It covers topics such as energy, forces, and waves, which are relevant to meteorological studies.
  3. Chemistry: While not as crucial as mathematics and physics, GCSE Chemistry can be beneficial. It can help you understand atmospheric chemistry, which is important in meteorological research.
  4. Geography: GCSE Geography provides valuable background knowledge about the Earth’s physical processes, climate, and natural features. It can be particularly relevant for those interested in meteorology’s environmental and climatological aspects.
  5. English Language: Communication skills are essential for meteorologists, as they often need to convey complex weather information to the public or colleagues. GCSE English Language can help you develop strong written and verbal communication skills.
  6. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): In the digital age, meteorologists rely on computer modeling, data analysis, and visualization tools. A GCSE course in ICT can be beneficial for acquiring these technical skills.
  7. Additional Science or Biology: While not always required, additional science or biology can provide a broader understanding of life sciences, ecosystems, and environmental factors, which can be relevant to certain meteorological specializations.

It’s important to research the specific entry requirements for the meteorology programs or courses you are interested in pursuing after GCSEs. Some programs may have specific subject requirements or preferences, and achieving high grades in relevant subjects can enhance your chances of being accepted into meteorology-related courses at the post-secondary level.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • specialist training courses

You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • manufacturing engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • physics
  • mathematics

In the UK, you could do a T Level in Science which will give you some of the skills and knowledge needed to become a metrologist.

You could do an intermediate metrology technician or a senior metrology technician higher apprenticeship.

These apprenticeships typically take 36 months to complete.

Other Routes
It’s possible to study a short course in measurement and calibration methods, if you’re already working in engineering, manufacturing or quality control.

You could also do a part-time foundation degree in metrology if you have the support of your employer.

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work at a manufacturing plant, in a laboratory or visit sites.

Your working environment may be noisy.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career Path & Progression:

You can use your skills to work in many different industries, from environment, energy and aerospace to transport, construction and healthcare.

With experience, you can move into a team management role, specialise in a particular area of measurement, or work in science and research.