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Work Environment

Meteorologists/oceanographers in the military work in a variety of settings both indoors and outdoors depending on the area of specialization.  Many meteorologists/oceanographers perform their work in laboratories or offices. Other meteorologists/oceanographers spend extensive hours outdoors collecting and analyzing data in the field.

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  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $26,896 - $250,342


Meteorologists and oceanographers in the Military prepare and disseminate weather warnings, watches, and advisories for military installations worldwide. They develop tailored forecasts for special and joint operations. They integrate weather analyses and reports with radar and satellite imagery interpretations to brief personnel on current and forecast weather and its effects on air, land, and sea operations.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for meteorologists/oceanographers primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities military structure and etiquette traditions and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Methods of analyzing weather conditions
  • Identification of common weather patterns
  • Techniques and procedures of forecasting

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in collecting and analyzing data
  • Interest in scientific and technical work
  • Oral and written communication skills

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