Atmospheric and Space Scientists (19-2021)

Occupation description:  Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 108114 5.61 23
United States 11,80012,900 9.2110 220330

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 45.6024.7533.59 44.4555.0567.71
Alaska 42.0327.5533.39 41.1148.8857.76
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 45.9937.3741.10 45.9252.5057.76
Southeast Region 36.5826.3428.89 34.0542.3553.32

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
133 23.150.0 50.0
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation2
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation2
UI claimants previously working in occupation0
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 21
Number of job position postings 0
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 0.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Atmospheric Sciences MS
Atmospheric Sciences PHD
Physics MS
Space Physics PHD