Career Preparation in College
Should You Get a Degree in Meteorology?
Are you a freshman college student who is looking towards your career and your future, namely what kind of major to go into?
Or are you a young adult who would like to go back to college and finish your degree? If this sounds like you, do you have a firm idea as to what you would like to major in?
When it comes to earning a degree and choosing a career field, you have an unlimited number of options.
Although you do have an unlimited number of choices, when looking to select a specific major, you may want to take the time to serious consider meteorology.
Majoring or at least having a minor in the meteorology field has a number of benefits. Obviously, the greatest benefit of having this degree is the career opportunities that you will be qualified for once you have graduated with your diploma.
Meteorology is an option that you could examine when determining which classes you should take at college or when choosing a major. One of the key reasons why this is a terrific option is because a many universities and colleges in the USA have meteorology and other weather-related diploma programs. Although it's relatively easy to enroll for a program, it takes a lot of effort to actually earn you degree.
As a side note here, this isn't the perfect career field for a lot of young people. But there are plenty of other options. You just have to find the right program in your city. Here's a few choices:
When it comes to deciding if a degree and a career in meteorology is in the cards for you, one of the big elements you will want to take into consideration is whether or not you have a deep interest in the weather. It should be pretty obvious that you have to have an interest in it. One of the most important parts of choosing a career field and a major is how deep your interest is in it.
We advise against pursuing a career in this field if you are could honestly not care less about the science of weather. On the other hand, if you find the weather to be fascinating and you are interested in weather patterns, daily rainfall levels, high temperatures, low temperatures, wind patterns, etc, your love for weather tracking can easily translate into one nice career.
You should also examine your goals and aspirations. Do you aspire to work in this field? Do you want to teach? Do you want to report the weather? Whether you are interested in teaching this subject in college, or teaching earth science in high school or if you would like to become a professional weather writer or a meteorologist, you should have a strong desire in pursuing one of these goals. As you know, four years of college is expensive. That is why it is important you take steps to be sure that the degree you choose is closely aligned with your dreams and goals and career opportunities.
Should you decide that, yes, you want to go after a degree in this field, you will want to stop and examine all of your options. A large number of colleges and universities in the United States have some type of meteorology degree program. So if you are serious about this, then you should be able to locate a college somewhere near you that offers this degree. It could be a private university of state college. Just make sure to research the school and make sure that the school is considered a top school for this degree.
As you go through your college years, you may find yourself looking for an internship. While you will find some differences, these internships are likely to take place at a local TV station or radio station. These internships are important. You will gain experience and maybe some contacts when it comes to looking for work later. Your efforts will reap rewards later. For starters, any money you make can go towards paying for your tuition. Plus, when you are looking for work as a meteorologist at a television or radio station, your internship might at least help you get your foot in the door.
Although you do have a number of different avenues to go down (in terms of your majors at college), it might be worth your while to at least consider meteorology. After comparing it to some other fields, you may find that meteorology is the perfect fit for you.
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