A Metrologist is someone who specializes in using scientific methods to understand and forecast how the Earth’s atmosphere can have an impact on life. It’s a fascinating job that requires passion and determination. If you’re interested in becoming one, read on to learn 6 useful tips on how you can be a metrologist.
#1. Know the different types of metrologists.
The first thing that you should know is that there are several kinds of metrologists around. According to the World Metrological Organization, WMO, they are as follows:
- Weather forecasters – studies and reports weather updates for the next few days.
- Researchers in Atmospheric Science – uses sophisticated tools and satellites to study the weather
- Lecturers – educates
- Consulting Metrologists – gives product advise on measurement tools
Metrology is a pretty in-depth and complicated college course. Because there are so many types out there, you want to make sure that you know what you’re getting into when you sign up for your classes. Which brings me to my next tip.
#2. Get the proper education.
The AMS and the federal government require you to have a Bachelor’s degree in atmospheric sciences and metrology before you become a metrologist. If that’s not really something you’re up to, then you can get a degree in Mathematics or Engineering followed by some sort of metrologist course.
However, if you’re leaning more towards becoming a metrology teacher or a consulting metrologist, most organizations will ask that you obtain a Master’s degree before applying for a position.
#3. Hone your craft.
From what I’ve heard, being a metrologist has to come with a certain level of passion. You need to love what you do if you hope to have a successful career. That being said, hone your skills even in your free time. Marshall Shepherd, a director of the American Metrological Society, recounts making his own personal weather station in order to continue his studies outside of the classroom. By doing this, you’ll not only gain more practice and knowledge, but you’ll be one step closer to becoming a metrologist.
Take on an internship.
Nothing says hands-on, in the field experience like being an intern. Interns get an up-close look into the profession of their choice which allows them to feel confident as they step out on their own into the world. I know that most internships are unpaid, but you’ll get the experience that most newbies would kill for. Sometimes an internship is not always available, but there may be an option to shadow someone for a day or two. Even that can make a world of difference.
#5. Determine where you want to work.
A lot of places do things differently and have different methods of handling their metrology team. Do some research, and pick several places that you feel will be a good fit for you and vice versa. This way you can set goals and know how to prepare for the interview by already knowing what the company is looking for! Plus, with all those internships and experiences, you’ll be able to book an interview for at least one of the broadcasters of your choice.
#6. Get certified.
Now, you’re ready to get certified! AMS offers certain programs that’ll train to specifically become a metrologist. In order to land a decent job on the radio or television, you must be certified. With AMS, all you have to do is present evidence of your work and pass an exam. Then you’ll be ready to go!
If you set your mind to it, you can become a metrologist with just a few simple steps. Remember to embrace and love what you’re doing. It’ll make the journey a bit easier and separate you from the mediocre!