According to the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, atmospheric scientists hold about 9,400
jobs in the United States. Although several hundred people teach
atmospheric science and related courses in college and university
departments of meteorology or atmospheric science, physics, earth science,
or geophysics, these individuals are classified as college or university
faculty, rather than atmospheric scientists.
The Federal Government is the largest single employer of
civilian meteorologists, accounting for about 34 percent. The National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) employs most Federal
meteorologists in National Weather Service stations throughout the Nation;
the remainder of NOAA's meteorologists work mainly in research and
development or management. The U.S. Department of Defense employs several
hundred civilian meteorologists. In addition to civilian meteorologists,
hundreds of Armed Forces members are involved in forecasting and other
meteorological work. Others work for professional, scientific, and
technical services firms, including private weather consulting services;
radio and television broadcasting; air carriers; and state governments.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.