I’m constantly surprised by the search engine terms people use to find their way to Broadcastmet.com. They often give me ideas for new things to write about, but most times there just isn’t enough to fill an entire blog post. So to have a little fun, I thought I’d pull out some actual search engine terms that have I’ve seen used, and try to answer what I think people were looking for.
1. what college should i attend if i want to be a broadcasting meterologist
I’m clearly bias, since I teach there, but I feel that Lyndon State College has a competitive broadcast meteorology program. If you are interested in the broadcasting side of meteorology, just be sure that the college you are going to has live, daily newscasts and a WSI or Weather Central weather graphics computer. The more experience you get in college, the easier it is to get a job after college. There are several other very good broadcast meteorology schools out there.
2. meteorologist job getting better or worse
I think it’s getting better. From what I’ve seen over the past few years, news departments are slowly expanding their weather team. With the rise in social media, people expect to have access to local weather information seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. We’re not covered quite that much at my station, but we’re pretty close. When I started at WCAX in 1998, I was the third full-time meteorologist. Now we are up to five. That is good news for broadcast meteorologists who are just starting out.
3. is broadcast meteorology hard
I think getting started is hard. A bachelor’s degree in meteorology or atmospheric science is not easy to come by, and is usually a base requirement for a starting job as a broadcast meteorologist. You then need to be competent as a television broadcaster, which is an entirely different set of skills. Combine that with a crowded, volatile job market, and it can be very hard. Once you find a great job you like, and likes you back, I think you’ll find less hard and instead more challenging (in a good way).
4. do meteorologists read teleprompters
In my experience, most meteorologists do not use a TelePrompter. If I’m doing an introduction to a story, or something else I don’t usually do, I might write something in there to get started, but the daily weather forecast is always ad-lib. It’s all the more reason to really know what you are talking about.
5. can you broadcast meteorology with a meteorology minor
I don’t think so in most cases. I’ve heard stories of reporters who have been asked to get a little extra experience so that they can fill in for weather in a pinch. In most cases, if you are applying for a job you’ll want to have a bachelor’s degree in meteorology or atmospheric science. In that same vein, I don’t think a master’s degree makes you any better of a candidate.
6. why it’s so hard to get a meteorologist job
It’s a matter of supply and demand. There are about 200 television markets in the United States with about three stations each, each with a team of three or four meteorologists. That equals about 1800 broadcast meteorologists in the country. There are more mets coming into the business, than going out which makes it hard for new graduates to break into the business. I believe that if you have a meteorology degree and you are a good broadcaster, there are enough jobs out there for you to find something to get started. If you are terrible, or even marginal on the air, it will be very difficult for you to find a station that will give you a shot.
7. meteorologist summer camps
We’re putting one together for this summer at Lyndon State College. I can’t give away any details yet, but stay tuned.