If you watched, listened to or read the news this morning it is likely that the Met Office played an important part in much of the coverage - we are the most well-known weather information supplier in the UK.
We employ around 1,800 people at 60 sites across the world, most (about 1,400) working out of our headquarters at Exeter.
- 450 work in Research Science
- 730 in Forecasting and Observations
- 290 in IT
- 40 in sales marketing and business development
- 280 in corporate and business support functions like Human Resources, Finance, Procurement and Communications.
- Overseas locations include the Falkland Islands, Ascension Island, Gibraltar, Cyprus and Germany.
- We work with the RAF in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar.
Your career options
Career opportunities at the Met Office fall into six main categories:
|Science and scientific software engineering || |
- Forecasting research and development (including meteorology and oceanography)
- Climate research and development (impacts and mitigation)
- Scientific software engineering to underpin research
|Forecasting and environmental monitoring || |
- Meteorological training, forecasting and guidance
- Monitoring the state of the atmosphere, oceans and climate
- Meteorological observing systems research and development
|Technology, computing and project management || |
- Exploiting new technology from supercomputing to PDAs
- Managing technical projects from design through to implementation
- Web development
- Software development lifecycle
- IT development
- Service delivery
|Engineering || |
- Installation, commissioning and maintenance of environmental observing systems
- Mechanical and electrical engineering
|Marketing, sales and business development || |
- Product marketing
- Product and market development
- Business and product development
- Sales and customer relationships
- Market intelligence and analysis
|Corporate services and business support || |
- Internal audit
- Human Resources
- Library and archive
- Legal and Procurement
- Property Management (including health and safety)
- Corporate governance, management and business administration
With a wide variety of jobs in each of these categories, competition to work here can be high.
A quick guide to what you need to work for us:
- If you would like a career in science and scientific software engineering, a sound background in physics or maths to at least degree level is essential.
- To become a meteorological forecaster you will need a physical science degree in addition to physics at GCSE A-level or equivalent.
A 2:1 degree or above will increase your chances of securing employment in options above.
- IT jobs vary for entry level, however, our main programming languages are Fortran, C and Java.
- Entry requirements also vary for jobs in marketing and sales as well as in our corporate services and business support, but previous experience and/or a relevant degree or professional qualification would be to your advantage.
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Last Updated: 11 May 2011