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Meteorologists study the atmosphere and the weather with a focus on climate. They forecast weather, analyse climate change and air pollution and develop new techniques for the measurement and analysis meteorological occurrences.
Meteorologists require undergraduate training across all of the sciences with a particular emphasis on mathematics and physics. Employment in this field almost always requires completion of post-graduate qualifications. Areas of specialisation include Climatology, the study of climate and the factors which contribute to it and Hydrometeorology, the study of rainfall to support resource and urban planning.
Research meteorologists often work irregular hours and may be required to work out of field stations in a diverse variety of locations. Employment may also be found however in a traditional office setting for meteorologists in policy advice, the media, air transport and the defence industry.