Main Topic: Physical Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society
Overview: Atmospheric scientists study the weather and climate to understand how they affect human activity and the earth. There are several types of atmospheric scientists including climate scientists. Climate scientists specifically work on modeling and theoretical foundations of climate change. The goal of climate scientists is the create complex mathematical models of the earth’s climate for months or even years. Many climate scientists work in the public sector for government agencies to better understand climate change. Some scientists work in the private sector consulting with businesses to design buildings, plan heating and air conditioning systems, and aid in efficient land use or agricultural production. Climate scientists are very reliant on quantitative and computer skills. This field of scientists is projected to continue growing.
Geographers at work: Physical Geographers, Environmental Geographers, Climatologists
Recommended College Courses: Introduction to Physical Geography, Environmental Management, Weather and Climate, Research Methods in Geography, Introduction in Environmental Geography, Air Quality Management, Meteorology, Climatology
Skills: GIS, remote sensing, geospatial technology, climate and weather forecasting, Quantitative Methods, Environmental Mapping and modeling, Field Methods, Meteorology, Computer programming, Statistics, Computer modeling
Occupation Group: Life, Physical, and Social Science
Learn more about Climate Scientists from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/atmospheric-scientists-including-meteorologists.htm#tab-2