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.
Some resources in this section are provided by the the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.