Post by stephaniebellanger on Apr 1, 2008 18:51:56 GMT -6
I have been putting quite a bit of serious and careful thought about a recent decision I have made, but I really do not know how to go about pursuing my goal and dream here. I would like to take Meteorology Courses and becoming a Meteorologist. I do have some questions and concerns naturally and they are as follows:
1.) What University in or around my location has the most reputable Meteorological Program?
2.) How long does the Course or Courses take? How many years?
3.) Beings I am nearly 35 years of age, do you all think I am way too old to even consider this?
4.) What financial assistance can I qualify for beings my age is what it is and the fact that I am currently unemployed?
I am quite serious about this and like I stated, it has been a very long standing dream of mine and now it is my main goal in life. I have total and complete confidence in myself that I can make this happen and make it a reality. I feel I am a very intelligent and well versed person who is grounded and committed. I am also a very fast and a very efficient learner. I have always been interested in and fascinated with the weather and all aspects of the weather. I personally have also experienced first hand nearly every single type of weather imaginable. I think I have quite a bit to bring to the table with the obvious exception of the lack of a Meteorological Degree and whatever other Degree I will need.
So, everyone, please be as honest and as up front with me as you can be, what do you truly think my chances are?
Great questions Steph. I'm sure Zack, or Ron, or anyone else who knows will answer. I'm 32 and also think really hard about this so I'm interested too. Everyone I know tells me it's not too late. I'm happy where I'm at in my career, however, it's not my dream.
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I visited USA, ULM, and FSU recently. FSU- It has a great program but in my opinion seemed more of a fit as graduate school. It also was very very pricey. They do teach great tropical weather (have their very own FSSE tropical weather model that is regarded highly by the NHC), and they also have the NWS Tallahassee actually attached to the meteorology building. All in all it seemed like a great school just a bit too far and too expensive for me.
ULM- It has a good program. It's much smaller then FSU with only around 20-30 students in the program I believe. It did lack resources but one of the 2 professors was very knowledgeable. Also, the town of Monroe didn't thrill me. Tuition, though, would've been free for me with TOPS...not sure if you would be eligible for tops...even if not it's still probably not too bad
MSU- I didn't visit because of numerous opinions. It seems to be much more geared towards broadcast meteorology with less emphasis on the math and operational aspect of meteorology, which I'm interested in.
USA- They have a great program that is relatively new but rapidly growing (not too big but not too small). They have many knowledgeable professors including Dr. Blackwell. They offer a little bit of everything from industrial meteorology to broadcast or the basic. They are very reputable for operational meteorology, and if you are looking to get a job at the NWS or private industries than this is probably the way to go from what I've heard. The coastal weather research center is very cool and students can spend time in there watching the mets make their forecasts for private companies. It also isn't overly expensive (in between ULM and FSU). What also convinced me were the many transfer students who thought USA was a step ahead of their previous schools. Plus they are getting a huge rec facility and football team ;D
All in all it's definitely possible to get a degree. It will take full dedication and lots of time particularly on the math. As for financial assistance I'd contact the schools or try out Fastweb (if you do Fastweb, though, give an email address you don't care about getting a few emails a day about scholarships...they unload on the emails sometimes). Also, there are books for scholarships that aren't online.
Another thing that may be something to look into is an online degree...just make sure it's a reputable school and not a fraud
Last Edit: Apr 1, 2008 20:53:15 GMT -6 by futuremet
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Steph, I'm obviously not qualified to give any opinions on meteorology, but I did spend my fair share of years in college---liked it too well to leave! What you might consider is checking with out of state schools about what they accept in the way of transfer credits, and what schools they consider acceptable to transfer from. I'm assuming you don't already have a four-year degree from somewhere? The first year or two of college is a lot of basics that you might well be able to study locally, and UNO or something similar. Then consider transferring to one of the meteorology schools.That might save you a couple of years of out-of-state tuition, too. If you decide to go out of state, it takes a year of living and working to establish residency, but considering the cost of out-of-state tuition, it might be worth it. For finances, I'm not sure if there are still Pell grants, or other income-based grants out there, but it's worth checking. You can also, since you were divorced not too long ago, look into what used to be called "displaced homemaker" training and financing. I'm not sure if that's still what it's called; I know the JTPA (Job Training Partnership Act) used to route former housewives into school that way. Been a few years, but it probably hasn't changed all that much.
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The University of Oklahoma also has an excellent meteorological program. It is especially good for severe weather. I spent four years there, however too much partying and not enough studying so I did not get out of there with a degree. The campus has great facilities and is closely connected to storm chaser programs. Also the NSSL is located there.
Post by Zack Fradella on Apr 15, 2008 18:19:55 GMT -6
Very little whitelighten...
Storm chasing is not really a possible career. Mostly we all do it as a hobby since the money involved is very limited. Plus, storms do not occur all year long. I don't think the NWS pays storm chasers for their duties!
The way it goes is if you get good pictures, then you may make a good paycheck. However, that is not always the case.
Yup most do it as hobby and the lucky ones as a part time job (ie selling videos/photos/tours). With gas prices continuing to sky rocket and easy access/ distribution of videos and photos on the net it's becoming increasingly harder to make any profits off of it.
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