Your degree in Atmospheric Science

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 academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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


Atmospheric chemist

Atmospheric physicist

Climatological technician




Environmental scientist






Land surveyor





Policy advisor






Weather forecaster

Weather software developer

Make the most of your specialization

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

Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science clubs
Meet other UBC students with similar interests through events and programs.

Weather forecasting and briefing
Explore resources to help improve your skills in forecasting and brief writing.

UBC EOAS Weather Briefing
Attend weekly weather discussions with undergrad and grad students, postdocs, and faculty.

UBC Sustainability programs and clubs
Browse on-campus paid and volunteer opportunities related to sustainability.

UBC Science Co-op
Gain work experience in atmospheric science between study terms.

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions internships
Apply your classroom knowledge to real-world settings through climate change mitigation or adaptation projects.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions. 

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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