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Working for the Met Office

Met Office logoThe Met Office was one of the Times’ 100 top graduate employers in 2009. Find out more about working for them.

What is the Met Office?

The Met Office is best known for its weather forecasts, but it also does other important work. The Met Office:

  • Provides advice for dealing with emergencies, such as floods or heavy snow
  • Monitors the climate to help deal with climate change
  • Advises parliament on things including climate, agriculture and engineering
  • Performs original research into weather and climate
  • Communicates and educates about weather and climate

What jobs are available?

There are lots of possible careers with the Met Office:

  • Forecasting: not standing in front of a map pointing at clouds, but working to refine weather models to improve forecasts. You’ll need a good grounding in physics and a degree in meteorology, physics or maths.
  • Observation: working with meteorological systems to provide accurate forecast data. This is a technical role that will involve working with computers, networks and electronics.
  • Engineering: there are many engineering roles at the Met Office, from software development to working with large observation equipment.
  • Science and research: there are research opportunities at the Met Office. These will require degree level physics or maths, along with strong computer skills.
  • Media, communications and marketing: on the less technical side, the Met Office hires writers, press officers, designers and communicators. The requirements for these roles are less strict than for technical roles, but you will need business or communications experience and ideally a recognised qualification.

What about work experience?

The Met Office offers summer placements for A-level students, undergraduates and recent graduates. These can last for up to three months, and are mostly in science and forecasting.

Met Office placements are paid and are usually full-time positions. They are mostly based in Exeter in Devon.

You can find out more about specific placements and the application process on the Met Office website.

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