“Once they’ve hired one Valpo grad, they want more.”

Professor Teresa M. Bals-Elsholz
Graduates of Valpo’s meteorology program are in high demand. With its unusual focus on undergraduate education and state-of-the art professional equipment, the program provides unique opportunities for students of atmospheric science to apply the theory they learn. Employers appreciate their exceptional ability to begin work with little or no further training. A number of graduates of the Valpo meteorology program have achieved regional and even national fame as broadcast meteorologists. But atmospheric science has many other applications.

Meteorology graduates work as forecasters for private industry as well as federal, state, and local government agencies, on issues as diverse as air pollution control, safe travel, water conservation, and disease control, among others.

Training in meteorology prepares graduates for a variety of careers.

Among them:

  • Operational meteorologist
  • Broadcast meteorologist
  • Researcher
  • GIS specialist
  • Civil service meterologist
  • Climatologist
  • Computer modeler
  • Environmental consultant
  • Energy/commodities meteorologist
  • Weather forecaster
  • Aviation meteorologist
  • Air Quality meteorologist
  • Forensic meteorologist
  • Atmospheric measurements and instrumentation developer
  • Emergency management meteorologist
  • Flight dispatcher
  • Data analyst
  • Professor
  • Science teacher

Meteorologists are employed in a wide range of industries.

Among the potential employers of meteorology graduates:

  • National Weather Service alumnus Stephanie Dunten
  • Government research labs
  • Meteorological consulting firms
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Media: television stations, radio stations, newspapers, magazines, websites
  • Aerospace industry
  • Airlines
  • Insurance companies
  • Departments of natural resources
  • Futures trading firms
  • Museums
  • Energy and power companies
  • Forensic meteorology organizations
  • Emergency management agencies
  • Universities
  • Elementary, intermediate, and high schools

Graduate study is usually required for careers in research and academia, and increasingly to be competitive for government positions.  Valparaiso University graduates attend many of the finest meteorology graduate programs in the country. Valpo grads regularly win competitive fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the American Meteorological Society, as well as research and teaching assistantships at the institutions where they study.

Among the programs that have funded our graduates:

  • Colorado State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University at Albany
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Miami
  • Texas A&M University
  • Florida State University
  • Purdue University
  • Georgia Tech University
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of California-Davis
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Wyoming
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Plymouth State University
  • University of Alabama-Huntsville
  • University of Washington
  • University of Utah
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Creighton University (program retired)
  • University of Alaska-Fairbanks
  • University of Houston
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  • East Carolina University
  • Ball State University
  • Ohio University
  • University of Iowa
  • Universitat Hamburg (Germany) School of Integrated Climate System Sciences

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