Working as a meteorologist in Canada

Working as a meteorologist in Canada

Meteorologists have a good chance of immigrating to Canada. Read our article about working conditions, employment requirements and salaries in this field.

Meteorologists and climatologists earn very well in Canada. With a background in the field, you can immigrate with or without an offer from an employer.

Meteorologists have different job prospects depending on the province. According to Job Bank, the most suitable province to work as a meteorologist is Ontario.

Salaries of meteorologists

Salaries for meteorologists and climatologists in Canada depend on different factors: job requirements, qualifications, working conditions and employer location.

According to official data, on average, workers in this profession earn $79,896 CAD per year or $6,658 CAD per month. The highest average hourly rate in Quebec is $47.25.Working as a meteorologist

Meteorologists in Canada — what do they do?

According to the Canadian Occupational Handbook, meteorologists and climatologists in Canada can perform the following duties:

  • analysis and interpretation of data from meteorological stations, radar and satellite images and computer model output;
  • Providing weather forecast advisory services to sectors such as aviation, maritime, agriculture and tourism, as well as to the public;
  • Dissemination of weather forecasts to the general public through a variety of media, including radio, television, press and the Internet;
  • Research and analysis of atmospheric phenomena, weather and climate, atmospheric dispersion, physical and chemical transformation of pollutants;
  • Mathematical computer models of weather and climate developed and tested for experimental or operational use;
  • Impact of industrial programs and interactions with social, engineering and economic communities for various programmatic impacts;
  • participation in studies of impact on the global environment;
  • Providing guidance to outside agencies, professionals or researchers on the use and interpretation of climatological information;
  • Writing scientific reports, publishing reports, articles or popular texts for professionals or the general public;
  • Design and development of new equipment and procedures for meteorological data collection, remote sensing or related applications

Where and how do meteorologists work?

Meteorologists and climatologists analyse and forecast weather, advise on atmospheric phenomena, and conduct research on weather, climate and atmospheric processes and phenomena. Meteorologists and climatologists work at all levels of government, in media enterprises and private consulting firms, or they may be self-employed.

Examples of posts:

  • agricultural meteorologist (agrometeorologist);
  • an air quality meteorologist;
  • an applied meteorologist;
  • climatologist;
  • hydrometeorologist;
  • industrial meteorologist;
  • meteorologist;
  • forecaster.

Working as a meteorologist

Employment requirements

To get a job, meteorologists and climatologists need a bachelor's or master's degree in meteorology or a related field. If a candidate applies for a research position, they may need a doctoral degree.

Employees in this profession may join the Society of Meteorology and Oceanography of Canada, but it is not required for employment.

How to immigrate to Canada

If you have experience as a meteorologist or climatologist, you can immigrate to Canada through one of the immigration programs suitable for this profession.

Many programs are suitable for workers in this field, for example:

For more immigration programs for meteorologists and climate scientists, see here.

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