Supporting Careers in Meteorology
As students return to their studies and consider their career paths, we have compiled a brief summary of some useful resources available on our website.
If you have a subscription to our Weather journal, you will shortly receive an 8-page careers booklet, which can also be accessed via your Member dashboard. This year’s booklet highlights some of the many options available, from roles in research and risk, to energy or marine forecasting. The booklet also helps explain how the Society can support you in your career, e.g. grants, bursaries, mentoring and accreditation, as well as advice for early career professionals, with a handy flowchart on the back cover. If you are not a member or Weather subscriber, please download a copy here or contact us firstname.lastname@example.org to request a hard copy.
Most meteorologists enter the profession with degrees in meteorology, climate science, physics or maths. We have compiled a list of courses with a significant element of weather and climate in this list.
We also have a list of informal courses that you can take if you have an interest in the weather and climate, but have no intention to pursue it as a career option.
Courses that have been accepted as fulfilling the requirements for core content under the Society's Chartered Meteorologist Accreditation Scheme have been highlighted with an *.
If you are thinking about starting the journey towards gaining your professional qualifications in meteorology, then we are here to support you. Our accreditation schemes enable you to demonstrate your accomplishments and commitment to your own professional development.
We have two professional accreditation schemes:
- Chartered Meteorologist (CMet), the highest level of professional recognition in meteorology available in the UK no matter what your discipline or sector.
- Registered Meteorologist (RMet) is awarded for members pursuing a career in meteorology or working in a role supporting meteorological services.
Professional accreditation brings many benefits, including the right to use CMet and RMet as a post-nominal designation.
We also have two key tools on our website, ACCSYS and MyCPD, which Members can use to create, manage and submit personal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or formal RMetS accreditation reports, activities and applications.
We have an established group of organisations posting regularly on our site including ECMWF, EUMETSAT, CSIRO, Imperial College London, University of New South Wales, CSIRO, British Antarctic Survey, National Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, Met Office and many more…
Our site is purely dedicated to meteorology, climate science and related fields and posts international positions on a clean, user-friendly and professional platform with simple and fast routes to apply.
If you are currently looking for a position, or feel you might be in the future, please sign up for our job alerts.
Grants and funding
The Society has a number of grants and funding to help finance expeditions, carry out research or attend conferences. For example, the Carers’ Fund provides small grants to help you take part in meteorologically related events that you may not otherwise be able to attend because you have caring responsibilities.
The Society recognises the wealth of expertise amongst our membership and that mentoring from someone outside your organisation can be of great value. We offer our members mentoring pairings that offer insight, advice and guidance.
As well as reading our portfolio of journals, the Society offers students the opportunity to author a paper, become a reviewer or sit on one of our editorial boards. You can email the Editors if you are interested.
In this short video Simon Lee, co-Editor-in-Chief of Weather discusses the benefits of academic publishing for early career professionals:
We host a number of key events throughout the year, which are specifically targeted at students and early-career scientists. These include:
- Student and Early Career Scientists Conference (generally held each June – recordings from this event can be accessed here.) There is also the opportunity to sit on the programming committee if you have attended the Conference before.
- Local centres - Meetings are held throughout the year in person and virtually. Based in Bath, Birmingham, Durham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Norwich, Reading and Wales. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please email: email@example.com
- ECR scientific publishing webinar – the next event takes place on 18 November
There are many ways you can be part of the Society from volunteering to being a student ambassador to sitting on one of our Committees. Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
£10 Student Membership Offer
If you are currently studying meteorology or a related discipline, or you are a student interested in weather and climate, join us today and take advantage of Student Membership for just £10 and receive all the benefits for the rest of 2021 - saving a huge 75% on the usual membership fee.
Join before the end of October to take advantage of this special offer and find out how the Royal Meteorological Society can support your studies and your future career.
Simply select 'Member | Student (£10)' under 'Membership Type' on the online application page, or email email@example.com or call (0)118 2080 142.