Work Conditions: Atmospheric Scientists
Most weather stations operate around the clock, 7 days a week.
Jobs in such facilities usually involve night, weekend, and holiday
work, often with rotating shifts. During weather emergencies, such as
hurricanes, operational meteorologists may work overtime. Operational
meteorologists also are often under pressure to meet forecast
deadlines. Weather stations are found everywhere—at airports, in or
near cities, and in isolated and remote areas. Some atmospheric
scientists also spend time observing weather conditions and collecting
data from aircraft. Weather forecasters who work for radio or
television stations broadcast their reports from station studios, and
may work evenings and weekends. Meteorologists in smaller weather
offices often work alone; in larger ones, they work as part of a team.
Meteorologists not involved in forecasting tasks work regular hours,
usually in offices. Those who work for private consulting firms or for
companies analyzing and monitoring emissions to improve air quality
usually work with other scientists or engineers; fieldwork and travel
may be common for these workers.