Military Meteorologist

About 3 percent of Meteorologists are in the military, according to Penn State University. Image courtesy of NOAA.

Today, I want to shine a light on a few different ways meteorologists are there for you.

According to Penn State University, only 10 percent of meteorologists work in the media field.

While newspaper meteorologists are a unique group (The Press is the only paper in the state to have one!), media meteorologists are just a tiny part of the weather community.

Consulting meteorologists

Consulting meteorologists are there when you need a personal touch to your forecast. They can serve diverse groups such as sports teams, multinational companies and lawyers. This is actually the field I came from before joining The Press.

National Weather Service meteorologists

The NWS exists to provide watches, warnings and advisories to the public. These meteorologists are stationed around the clock at the 122 stations across the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico. They help to protect life and property. The coastal flood forecasts I use come from them.

Military meteorologists

From watching radar in military bases to deploying a weather balloon in the middle of an active war zone, military meteorologists are stationed around the world to protect our country. They make up about 3 percent of the meteorology workforce.

Meteorology professors

I would not be where I am today without the professors at Rutgers University. Every year, they develop and prepare to send new generations of meteorologists into the world.

Fantasy sports / sports betting meteorologist

Sports betting now legal in New Jersey is making this niche field a hotter commodity. When betting in daily fantasy sports, knowing the weather outlook can make all the difference.

Meteorologist

This is my first newspaper but not my first forecast for NJ. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Rutgers. Two TV internships gave me a taste for the newsroom. Then, after nearly 4 years in private NJ weather, I'm forecasting South Jersey for you.

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