Take meteorology, students urged
The Commission on Higher Education is urging students to take up meteorology to increase the number of competent weather personnel in the country.
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#1 Jun 18, 2013
Do you we need to urge more students to take Meteorology when there are not enough jobs for the ones who already have a degree in Meteorology???
#2 Jun 18, 2013
This is a terrible idea. We already graduate three times as many students as there are jobs available (Knox et al. 2008). NOAA's in a hiring freeze, making it worse. The field is over capacity and wages have depressed. In our last opening, my company had 121 applicants for an entry-level meteorologist. The NWS pulled 400-600 applicants per opening before the system froze.
This nonsense needs to stop.
#3 Jun 18, 2013
And the article is for the Philippines. I stand corrected, my comment is U.S.-centric.
#4 Jun 18, 2013
If you're going to major in meteorology, I'd also suggest learning another related field. In my case, I graduated with Bachelor's Degrees in both Meteorology and Mathematics. It still took me two years to find a job with either degree.
#5 Jun 18, 2013
It is about the situation in the Philippines, evidently some of you didn't read the original news article. Even in the U.S., people who have degree in meteorology shouldn't limit their job search to "meteorology" only. For example, many meteorologists involve in air dispersion modeling and met data processing for air quality studies. Both fossil and nuclear power plant licensing/permit applications need meteorologists to perform environmental/climate/meteorol ogy-related studies. Unless one is only interested in doing weather forecast, there are other jobs for meteorologists.
#6 Jun 18, 2013
I agree that Meteorology skills can be applied to other fields like air quality. However, there are many more inter-disciplinary degrees like Atmospheric Sciences, environmental engineering and others that may provide more adequate training for such jobs. I have seen new graduates struggle and now the ones being laid off from NWS who don't know how to find a job in this economy.
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