A person who uses scientific methods to study, observe or forecast atmospheric patterns and weather events is known as a meteorologist. This field can be further divided into a number of differing job types, including broadcasting, teaching, researching and forensic meteorology.
The most common undergraduate degrees associated with this profession include physics, chemistry and mathematics prior to attaining an advanced degree in meteorology. Known as "the science of the atmosphere," a meteorologist is tasked with predicting the shifts in weather and climate that can affect the lives of the public. Many meteorologists work closely with other Earth scientists, including oceanographers and hydrologists, while communicating vital weather information to governments, media outlets and industry leaders.