Published: 2007-09-15 12:22:21
Updated: 2007-09-15 12:22:21
Posted September 15, 2007 12:22 p.m. EDT
By Suzanne Wilson
MIKE MOSS SAYS: Suzanne, Glad to hear you're enjoying your class on weather and climate! Many jobs in meteorology require at least a bachelor's degree in the subject, and that is often the case in broadcast meteorology as well. However, there are also a significant number of people in the field who obtained journalism and/or mass communications degrees (among others), and then completed a supplemental program in meteorology in order to pursue weathercasting as a career. The most frequent method for doing this is to obtain a "Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology" by way of a distance learning course offered by Mississippi State University.
For more information on that program, see http://www.msstate.edu/dept/geosciences/CT/BMP/Site.htm.
Likewise, if you end up interested in meteorology enough to pursue a B.S. degree, you might want to look over the NCSU meteorology department web site (http://www.meas.ncsu.edu/02-p-ug-atmos.html) and/or stop by the department and speak to some of the students and faculty there. Either way, best of luck to you...