Meteorologists and climatologists (NOC 2114)

About this job

Meteorologists and Climatologists:

  • analyze and forecast weather, provide consultation on atmospheric events and conduct research into the processes and occurences of weather, climate and atmosphere
  • are employed by all levels of government, natural resources and utility companies, the media and private consulting firms, or they may be self-employed.
Common job titles
  • climatologist
  • hydrometeorologist
  • meteorologist
  • meteorologist, agricultural
  • meteorologist, applied
  • meteorologist, industrial


Meteorologists and climatologists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • analyze and interpret data obtained from meteorological stations, radar and satellite imagery and computer models
  • create weather forecasts and provide weather consulting services for industries such as aviation, marine, agriculture and tourism
  • distribute weather forecasts and reports to the general public through a variety of media including radio, television, print and the internet
  • carry out research and provide consultation on the processes and causes of atmospheric events, weather and climate, atmospheric dispersion, and physical and chemical changes of pollution
  • create and test mathematical computer models of weather and climate for experimental or operational use
  • analyze the impact of industry and human activity on the climate and quality of the air, and work with the social science, engineering and economic communities to develop appropriate strategies to lessen the effect
  • participate in studies of the effect of weather on the environment
  • provide consultation and advice to outside agencies, professionals, or researchers regarding the use and meaning of climate information
  • make scientific presentations and publish reports, articles or popular texts for specialists, users or the general public
  • engage in the design and creation of new equipment and procedures for meteorological data collection, remote sensing, or related applications

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office or school, or an outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to various weather conditions.

  • A normal controlled environment such as an office, hospital or school
  • An outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to variations in weather conditions and seasonal weather patterns

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