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

  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.


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 43.3724.3431.83 43.1852.6563.55
Alaska 41.5227.8233.67 39.4648.2256.97
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 45.0734.2138.89 44.1550.9456.98
Southeast Region 36.7226.2928.89 33.9641.7754.05

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
186 33.342.9 35.7
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation27
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation27
UI claimants previously working in occupation1
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 18
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

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Atmospheric Sciences Mas
Atmospheric Sciences PhD