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Weather Specialist

Career Description

Countless factors can affect the outcome of a mission, including something as simple as the weather. As a Weather Specialist, you'll predict weather patterns and prepare forecasts, as well as brief pilots and commanders on weather conditions. There are eight weather squadrons around the world supporting our war fighters, which means you could end up doing your job in the United States or overseas.

Career Tasks

  • Analyze weather conditions, prepare forecasts, issue weather warnings and brief weather information to pilots
  • Read and interpret weather satellite imagery, climatology reports, computerized weather prediction models and Doppler weather radar imagery
  • Operate a weather radar console and a high-frequency pilot-to-metro radio
  • Analyze and forecast weather elements such as clouds, visibility, winds, atmospheric pressure and many other parameters

Relevant Interests & Skills

  • Natural Science
  • Computers and Computer Science
  • Future Technology

Training

After eight and a half weeks of Basic Military Training, every Airman goes to technical training to learn their career. Here's the basic information about Weather Specialist technical training:

School location: Keesler AFB [MS]

Length of course: 146 days

College degree earned: Weather Technology

College credits earned: 72