Aviation meteorologists provide weather information to airline flight dispatchers and pilots. He or she must determine current and forecasted weather conditions for all altitudes, including the direction and speed of wind, cloud cover, and precipitation. Aviation weather reports are different from other weather reports because they take into account what conditions may affect a flight. If heavy turbulence is likely at one altitude, the pilot needs to know ahead of time what altitude he or she can fly to avoid the turbulence. Aviation meteorologists rely on weather radar, computers, weather station information, and other tools to compile their reports. Over time, an aviation meteorologist may be promoted to chief meteorologist.
Many find the challenge of working as an avionic technician to be reward in itself. Working aviation meteorologist carries a high level of responsibility.
The business of predicting weather is challenging and sometimes frustrating. Because aircraft fly at all hours, aviation meteorologists may have to work nights, weekends, and holidays, especially if there is an urgent need for their services.
An aviation meteorologist needs to have an analytical mind and the ability to work under pressure. They should have a familiarity with aviation and previous experience as a meteorologist.
Most airlines will only hire those who have a degree in meteorology.
Some training is done on the job by the airlines. Meteorology degrees are typically obtained at a college or university.
Salary and Benefits
Benefits may include paid vacation and holidays, insurance, retirement plan, discounted or free airfares.