Career outlook for climate scientist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
Working as a climate scientist is an exciting career choice that can make a real difference to the environment around you. You’ll work to understand the effects of climate change. This can improve and protect the livelihoods of people all over the world, as well as helping to preserve nature and the eco-systems of animals.
It can also help us understand and predict the weather and oceans. In fact, the person who created the weather maps used in forecasts every day was a Scottish climatologist called Alexander Buchan!
You could spend months outdoors, doing essential research and recording climate information for long-term studies. Or you could lecture at universities about the importance of climate change and the projects you’ve taken part in.
What you might do:
- gather and analyse data from the atmosphere, oceans and land
- create computer models that simulate changes to the environment
- investigate ways of tackling climate change
- monitor sea levels and temperature changes – then compare to the past so we can predict the future
- publish your own research findings, and attend industry conferences
- advise government or corporate policy makers
You could choose to specialise in a certain area of climate science. For example: polar research, rainfall patterns or ocean changes. You might also choose to lecture in order to share your research.
Other career options can be working as a consultant for science publications or TV documentaries.
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