Bachelor of Science in Applied Meteorology
The Applied Aviation Sciences Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Meteorology. This program offers students with a passion for weather the opportunity to study, observe, and explore atmospheric phenomena ranging from global climate to tornadoes in our state-of-the-art Weather Center and computer-equipped classrooms. Besides mastering the essentials of meteorology, students will acquire the communication skills necessary to translate information about complex atmospheric features into the practical language of operational decision makers. The program aims to produce graduates with the necessary knowledge, analytical skills, and operational expertise to add value to any decision impacted by the weather. Graduates will be competitive for jobs ranging from the aviation and aerospace industry to radio and television to business and government/military operations of the 21st century.
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As corporations pay more attention to the climate’s impact on business, they are including weather professionals at the decision-making level. In the Meteorology program, you’ll focus on the theory and study of climatology, as well as its applications to industrial and business operations.
You’ll study with a faculty of seven meteorologists in modern facilities where you can simulate conditions ranging from tornadoes to global climate. You’ll learn how to communicate complex atmospheric phenomena in the practical language of decision makers. Students also take courses in an area of concentration from among four options:
- Flight weather
- Commercial weather
- Media weather
RequirementsView requirements for the B.S. in Applied Meteorology degree on the Catalog site.
The Embry-Riddle Connection Gives You the Best Shot at Meteorology Jobs in Aviation/Aerospace, Media and Business and Government Operations
While the ERAU Applied Meteorology program prepares students for a wide variety of meteorology careers, we are exceptionally qualified and equipped to prepare students for meteorology careers supporting for aviation/aerospace, television broadcasting, government operations, and commercial activities.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for meteorologists will grow by approximately 10% over the next ten years, with the largest growth being within private industry. Most typically meteorologists work indoors in weather stations, offices, or laboratories. However, some do fieldwork, which means working outdoors to study and measure the atmosphere. Typically those doing research activities go on to graduate school to earn their Masters or Ph.D. Some meteorologists supporting forecasting operations may have to work extended hours during weather emergencies.
Currently, the largest employer of meteorologists in this country is the U.S. government. Many work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which includes the National Weather Service. Some are on active duty with the military services- primarily the Air Force and the Navy, while others are civilian employees of the Department of Defense. Other federal agencies, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Energy and the Department of Agriculture, also employ meteorologists. Other major employers include universities and private industry.
In the private sector, the television broadcasting industry continues to hire meteorologists who combine their meteorological expertise and communications savvy. In addition, Certified Consulting Meteorologists provide services such as expert testimony for court cases as well as forecasting support for a variety of commercial ventures.
Past ERAU Applied Meteorology graduates have found success in a variety of meteorology and closely related fields. Some of these include careers as:
- National Weather Service Forecasters
- University Meteorology/Geoscience Researchers
- Broadcast Meteorologists
- Air Force Weather Officers
- Navy Meteorological and Oceanographic (METOC) Officers
- NOAA Corps Officers
- Airline Flight Dispatchers/Coordinators
- Environmental Scientists
- Space Operations Officers
- Air Quality Testing Specialists
- Aviation Weather Support Specialists (Private Industry)
- Military Pilots
- Media and Public Affairs Specialists
- Primary and Secondary Education Science Teachers
- Solar Systems Sales and Operations