Happy Monday and welcome to another edition of Beyond The Forecast!
The new school year is fast approaching and many high school students will be deciding on colleges and career paths very soon.
If you’ve ever been interested in weather and want a career in meteorology, look no further than Virginia Tech! An undergraduate degree at Blacksburg can lead to several different careers in the weather world. I reached out to a few graduates and students on Twitter to get their thoughts on the program.
“I would tell them they are applying to one of the best weather programs in the country,” student Ashleigh Yanoscsik said. “The experiences you get in this program and the teachers are absolutely unmatched.”
Peter Forister, 2019 graduate, said: “A LOT of people in the program go straight to the NWS or straight to a show with one of the local stations.”
“Personally, I am considering the NWS route and the connections and the ability to take the synthesis course they offer with the Blacksburg office have made me feel very well prepared for my career,” said the student Elizabeth Danco.
Recent graduate Casey Hockenbury said: “The program does a good job of preparing you for the forecast. I have had interviews for positions in private and public companies.
Another recent graduate, Kayleigh Addington, said: “The department and major are small, especially compared to the rest of the university, so it’s easy to find your ‘people’ and develop a healthy working relationship with them. your peers and teachers. “
It is a good idea to work with an advisor to determine the appropriate course path for your career goals. For example, electives in communication may be useful for someone looking to get into television after graduation, while a potential geospatial analyst may want more geography or GIS courses.
“I think the most important benefit with VT’s Met program is the very close connection with the geography department and the courses – there is a lot of GIS and spatial data training being done, including and allowing for a Very strong skill set when it comes to finding a job or expanding their professional skills, ”said Forister.
In addition to the more specialized courses, each student must take a variety of math and science courses of varying difficulty.
“The demands of the higher level math and meteorology courses can be difficult at times, but the teachers are very helpful and friendly and are there to help you through the course and graduate,” Danco said.
You will be required to complete a field experience course at some point during your time at Virginia Tech. Examples include an internship at a local TV station and the Hokie Storm Chase.
“If there’s one experience that I would say is a must see, the Great Plains Storm Chase is it. Taking the predictive knowledge that I had gained in my classes and being able to apply it in the field was amazing, ”said Yanoscsik.
A big plus to live so close to a big school of meteorology? Tuition fees! Virginia Tech is one of two universities in the state to offer weather services, along with George Mason.
You will pay more if you go to another nearby school like UNC Charlotte, NC State, or Maryland. Here are the numbers from US News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings.
Contact information for potential and current students, as well as a link to apply, can be found on the Virginia Tech website.
Shifting into gear above your forecast, we’re tracking severe thunderstorms as I type this bulletin. We’ll go from stormy to scorching in the next few days as a high pressure heat dome sends temperatures through the roof! Meteorologist Chris Michaels details it in our daily forecast article.
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