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  • Preparing you for your chosen career

    98% of leavers in work and/or study 15 months after the end of their course*


Our undergraduate courses are designed to enable you to develop the skills that are essential in the workplace, placing you in a strong position to pursue your chosen career upon graduation.

You will have the opportunity to develop vital scientific skills throughout your course, including forecasting, computer modelling and programming, scientific communication and Big Data analysis. We also equip you with transferable skills, including numeracy, problem-solving, teamwork and presentation skills – all of which are highly valued by employers.

Career destinations

A degree from the Department of Meteorology will help make you highly sought-after by employers in a diverse range of industries.

According to the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, 98% of leavers from the Department are in work and/or study 15 months after the end of their course. Of those who reported their main activity to be full-time employment, 97% were in graduate level roles.*

"If you're after a career in meteorology then this course is a must. I couldn't recommend it – and the Department – highly enough. I'd been interested in the weather from an early age, and actually wrote to the Met Office when I was 14 asking how to go about getting a job there. They said a degree in maths, physics or meteorology would be a good idea. I decided I'd prefer the meteorology degree, and Reading was the best place for it. The BSc Meteorology course was excellent, and is highly respected in the Met Office"

Paul Gunderson, BSc Meteorology – now a Chief Forecaster at the Met Office

Our graduates go on to work in a wide range of areas within the meteorological, climate and related sectors, applying their skills and knowledge in areas such as broadcast meteorology, water resource management, environmental consultancy, energy supply, flood modelling, pollution prediction, and terrestrial and space weather forecasting.

You'll also be well placed for career opportunities outside the meteorological and climate world as a result of the scientific, mathematical and computational skills and knowledge you develop on our courses. Past graduates have gone into a number of industries, including insurance, finance, power, utilities, transport, space, education, agriculture and health.

Benefit from our established links with industry

We have strong working relationships with an impressive range of commercial and governmental organisations across the globe, including the UK Met Office, the Environment Agency, NASA, European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the European Space Agency and the World Meteorological Organization.

Learn from professionals in the field

Our industry partners collaborate in the delivery of some of our modules, meaning what you learn is professionally relevant and informed by the latest practices. You'll gain insight into a variety of potential sectors, organisations and roles, which will help you decide on and prepare for your future career.

Student-led careers and networking day

This event enables you to establish contacts within your chosen field and learn more about what it is like to work in different sectors. It's an opportunity to meet key people from a wealth of backgrounds, such as instrumentation companies, private and government forecasters, catastrophe and insurance companies, and research divisions.

Gain first-hand experience through a work placement

We provide opportunities for you to undertake placements in a variety of contexts. Also, some of our courses include a built-in placement year in between the second and final years of your course.

​Come to an Open Day

Come see for yourself why studying in the Department of Meteorology at Reading is an excellent way to prepare for your future career.

Banner image: Meteorology MSc alumna Cammie Czuchnicki (, Creative Commons Attribution Licence. Image edited and cropped to fit banner.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18; First Degree, Postgraduate (Taught) and Postgraduate (Research) responders from Meteorology. Contains HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data.

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