Reading or watching the daily weather report fascinates you, but you have always wanted to know more about the phenomena that affect everyone every day. You are also curious about how weather affects other systems on our planet and weather's effect on humanity.
You want to be able to apply this knowledge in a way that makes a difference. Whether you report to the public, analyze flight conditions, provide information for military operations, or predict weather events, the information you provide has impact.
At Embry-Riddle, you will learn skills to accomplish your goals — you will apply meteorological knowledge in significant ways. You will acquire hands-on experience in small classes, where you’ll analyze weather patterns and conduct field observations. The opportunities for meteorologists are significantly greater than the reporters you see on television. As a professional, your career can take a variety of challenging and rewarding directions.
Bachelor of Science in Applied Meteorology
Students at our Prescott Campus will benefit from studying amid Arizona’s incredible weather patterns. Get access to computer models, real-time data, and a wide variety of meteorological software. The weather balloon launching facility enables students to measure the atmosphere to 70,000 feet above the surface.
B.S. in Meteorology
Meteorology students will get firsthand experience studying Florida’s beautiful weather, as well as its majestic thunderstorms. Students interested in professional careers in university research, government/military meteorological operations, and private industry should pursue this degree, which meets all American Meteorological Society guidelines for meteorology as well as all U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for a Meteorologist.
B.S. in Operational Meteorology
Operational Meteorology students provide weather forecasts and consulting for NASCAR, as well as broadcast daily to a TV station in Bangor, ME. These students work toward professional careers in aviation operations support, such as commercial airline dispatching, or television and radio broadcasting, depending on their area of concentration. Students completing this degree will meet all U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for a Meteorological Technician.
No matter what the weather is like, each day at ERAU will be a new and exciting challenge for you. In fact, Meteorology students provide weather forecasting support for ERAU’s flight-training fleet and the campus community.
You’ll benefit from access to an experienced faculty, state-of-the-art weather forecasting and observation equipment, and hands-on experience. The small class size will provide distinct advantages that you’ll appreciate as an undergraduate in research, broadcasting, forecasting, and scientific analysis.
The programs meet all requirements recommended by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), National Weather Service, and U.S. Air Force to ensure that you’ll graduate with the professional skills necessary to meet U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for Meteorologists.
As a student, you’ll have the opportunity to join the Weather Club, a student chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Your affiliation with this national organization will provide valuable networking opportunities at professional gatherings, including international meteorological seminars and conventions.
The U.S. government remains the largest employer of meteorologists in the country. Beyond government positions, there is a significant demand for weather consultants in climate-sensitive industries such as farming, commodity investing, utilities, and insurance companies, to name a few. Retail companies that operate nationally employ meteorologists to consult on distribution of certain products in different regions at different times of the year. Imagine the need to provide more fans to a region affected by an impending heat wave. The more accurate and advanced the forecast, the more well-positioned the company will be to meet demand.
Meteorology graduates are in-demand candidates for careers in the following professions and with the following industry leaders:
Currently a Coordinator for the Communications Department at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and working toward her Private Pilot Certificate, Kristen Seaman graduated with a B.S. in Applied Meteorology from ERAU in 2009. While at ERAU, she also minored in Professional Communication, and it’s Kristen’s diverse background and combined knowledge that empower her to succeed at her job today.
Someone considering a career outside of their degree should know that just because your job title doesn’t include the words 'Meteorologist,' 'Engineer,' 'Pilot,' etc., it doesn’t mean that you won’t apply the skills that you learned from your degree program in your position.