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Atmospheric Scientist Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 11,800 Atmospheric Scientists in the United States. The Atmospheric Scientist job market is expected to grow by 9.2% between 2014 and 2024.

Atmospheric Scientist Employability Rating

D Sokanu rates Atmospheric Scientists with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 3,300 Atmospheric Scientists. That number is based on 1,100 additional Atmospheric Scientists, and the retirement of 2,200 existing Atmospheric Scientists.

Demand for Atmospheric Scientists

New computer models and overall increased technology have greatly improved the accuracy of forecasts, allowing atmospheric scientists to provide valuable data to climate-sensitive businesses that require specialized weather information. Research on seasonal and other long-range forecasting is yielding positive results for farmers, commodity investors; and utilities, transportation, construction, and instrument manufacturing companies. The best job prospects will continue to occur in private industry. Hiring by federal agencies, such as NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and National Weather Service (NWS), is expected to be limited by budget constraints and result largely from the need to replace retirees. Although demand levels in the various sub-disciplines of this occupation tend to fluctuate, competition for all openings will be strong, as the number of graduates continues to exceed the overall number of available positions. While a Bachelor’s Degree is usually the minimum educational requirement for atmospheric scientists seeking an entry-level position, those with a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. will be able to compete for coveted research and university teaching positions. Obtaining professional certification from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) can further enhance a job applicant’s prospects. Job seekers may also find opportunities by becoming members of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS), which provides a global discussion platform for atmospheric scientists throughout the world. Most jobs in this field focus on the atmosphere of the Earth, but a small number of scientists find employment studying the atmospheres of the planets and moons of the solar system.

Supply of Atmospheric Scientists

The Atmospheric Scientist industry is concentrated in Colorado, California, and Texas.

Atmospheric Scientist Job Market by State

State name Employed Atmospheric Scientists
Colorado 1,580
California 700
Texas 650
Maryland 590
New York 470
Florida 460
Virginia 400
Washington 270
Minnesota 250
North Carolina 160
Utah 160
Alaska 150
New Mexico 150
Oklahoma 150
Missouri 140
Oregon 130
New Jersey 120
Michigan 120
Tennessee 120
Ohio 110
Nebraska 110
Kansas 100
Wisconsin 100
Montana 100
Arizona 90
Kentucky 90
Iowa 90
Nevada 90
Pennsylvania 90
Georgia 80
New Hampshire 70
Maine 70
Wyoming 70
Indiana 70
Mississippi 60
Louisiana 60
Hawaii 60
South Carolina 60
District of Columbia 60
Idaho 50
Connecticut 30

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