If you have a suitable degree and a proven interest in the weather, we can offer you a comprehensive training programme that will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for a career in weather forecasting. Degree subjects can include meteorology, physics, mathematics, environmental sciences and geography.
We provide an Initial Forecasting Course designed to train and test your meteorological knowledge and build your operational forecasting experience.
During the on-the-job training you will work under the close supervision of a qualified forecaster, producing products in real-time for real customers. Towards the end of your training, you'll be required to complete a competence assessment against the National Occupational Standards that underpin QCF Level 5 in Meteorological Forecasting. Once you have successfully demonstrated your skills you'll be ready to take up post as a forecaster at the Met Office.
As a Met Office forecaster, the main tasks you would carry out would be:
The majority of forecaster posts involve shift working, with the pattern dependent on the customer and location. Shifts can vary, with additional shifts to cover peaks in demand and in some cases standby shifts during quiet periods. However, typical shift working involves 12 hour shifts covering days and nights. Our forecasters provide weather predictions for customers around-the-clock, 365 days a year.
As well as at our twin Operations Centres in Exeter and Aberdeen, Met Office forecasters are based at many Royal Air Force (RAF) and Army Air Corps stations throughout the UK and overseas. Sites include the South Atlantic, Cyprus, Germany and Gibraltar and the Antarctic, supporting the British Antarctic Survey.
Met Office observers, forecasters and support engineers form the Mobile Met Unit (MMU). The MMU operates in uniform, providing essential frontline meteorological support to our Armed Forces and those of our allies in joint operations and exercises at home and abroad. Find out more about theMMU.
We provide a consultancy service to a number of high profile customers within the commercial marine industry. This gives our weather forecasters the opportunity of working at sea.
Our college delivers high quality meteorology training to Met Office staff and, increasingly, external customers. Our trainers deliver courses to the required standards set by the Met Office and appropriate accreditation organisations. For weather forecaster training this is to the standards of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). While most training takes place at the college, sometimes there may be a need to work elsewhere in the UK and abroad.
You need to ensure you structure your application to address each of these essential criteria:
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