Who employs meteorologists?
A number of Government Departments, agencies and public bodies employ meteorologists.
The Met Office is the UK’s National Meteorological Service (NMS) responsible for providing the UK’s public weather service. It is the home of the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, one of ICAO’s two World Area Forecast Centres (WAFC) and is also involved in other, broader meteorological research and in applied and operational meteorology.
The Royal Navy’s Flag Officer Sea Training group (FOST HM) trains specialist Officers and Ratings of the Royal Navy for a career in meteorology or hydrography. The training programme provides a thorough understanding of the complex physical environment in which the ships, aircraft, submarines and people of the Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Marines operate, delivering internationally renowned training for RN personnel as well as students sponsored by foreign governments.
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) employs meteorologists in its meteorological, oceanographic and hydrological institutes, such as the British Antarctic Survey, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the Proudman Oceanographic Centre. The NERC also has a number of Collaborative Research Centres.
There are a number of private sector weather service providers and meteorological instrument manufacturers operating in the UK and Europe that employ meteorologists. These organisations offer a range of different and diverse opportunities, some of which include working overseas and in the media.
Service industries – such as those which supply gas, electricity, oil and water – finance sectors and environmental consultancies employ meteorologists in limited numbers.
FleetWeather Group is a US-based weather routing and analytics company with a 50 year history of service excellence to shipping. The company provides weather routing, charter party compliance and claims guidance services. Acquired by the UK's StratumFive Ltd in 2019, FleetWeather strengthens a continued drive towards the next generation of layered and integrated maritime data applications.
KISTERS walks the line between, the unique innovations that a start up can create, but with all the safety, security and experience of an established company that has developed off the shelf solutions for the last 35 years. Despite now being a large company with over 600 employees in offices across the globe, KISTERS remains family run, encouraging free thinking and working closely with clients to support them delivering end to end solutions. From sensors to analytics to optimisation and decision support.
Meteo France International (MFI) is a subsidiary of Météo-France, the French National Meteorological Service.
The company was created in 2002, in a context of growing concern related to climate change and better management of risk.
MFI's primary mission is to export Météo-France's solutions and know-how throughout the world mainly through integrated turnkey projects for the account of National Meteorological Services.
MFI is located in Toulouse (France) and is capable of intervening anywhere in the world. Up to this day, MFI's teams have implemented efficient meteorological solutions in 114 countries.
MetDesk Limited is a UK weather forecasting business serving a global client base, predominantly in the transportation and energy sectors.
As a specialised agency of the United Nations, WMO is dedicated to international cooperation and coordination on the state and behaviour of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the land and oceans, the weather and climate it produces, and the resulting distribution of water resources.
The Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) is a partnership under the auspices of the International Council for Science (ICSU) for the integrated study of the Earth system, the ways that it is changing, and the implications for global and regional sustainability. It includes Diversitas, IGBP, WCRP and IHDP.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is an independent intergovernmental organisation supported by most of the nations of Europe and is based at Shinfield Park, Reading, United Kingdom. It operates one of the largest supercomputer complexes in Europe and the world’s largest archive of numerical weather prediction data.