Your degree in Atmospheric Science

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Atmospheric Science, you’re developing skills that can contribute to the health and safety of the world and communities around you.

These skills may include:

  • Numerical weather prediction
  • Probabilistic forecasting
  • Georeferencing/mapping
  • Advanced quantitative skills
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Pattern perception
  • Weather brief writing and presentation
  • Technical skills in statistical analysis and computer programming (e.g., Python, R, MATLAB)

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including weather prediction, environmental or forest fire monitoring, transportation, road plowing, insurance, shipping, avalanche prediction, aviation, software development, big data, and policymaking.

There are many career paths that can combine your academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Aerological technician
  • Air quality meteorologist
  • Air pollution technician
  • Air-traffic controller
  • Archivist
  • Atmospheric chemist
  • Atmospheric physicist
  • Climatological technician
  • Climatologist
  • Conservationist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Geochemist
  • Geophysicist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Land surveyor
  • Lobbyist
  • Meteorologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Physicist
  • Policy advisor
  • Pilot
  • Researcher
  • Seismologist
  • Teacher/professor
  • Volcanologist
  • Weather forecaster
  • Weather software developer

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Atmospheric Science graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

From your Science degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Science degree.