We see them in action every evening as they forecast the future -- or at least tell us how likely it is to rain. They’re meteorologists.
But most people in this profession do not work in front of a camera. The biggest employer of meteorologists is, in fact, a government agency, the National Weather Service. And there are also plenty of businesses that hire meteorologists to help them make decisions based on the weather. Those who don’t forecast the weather conduct research, studying the atmosphere, climatic changes, or environmental problems.
Meteorologists are scientists who study the atmosphere. They examine its effects on the environment, predict the weather, or investigate climate trends.
If you want to study long-term trends like global warming, you can specialize in climatology.
Into computers and math. You’ll use computers as well as complex math to interpret weather information, such as the temperature, wind speed, and humidity.
You don't need to major in meteorology to study the field in grad school, but you do need to meet strict course requirements if you want to start working for the federal government right after earning your bachelor's.