CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Atmospheric and Space Scientists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Atmospheric and Space Scientists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Study and interpret data, reports, maps, photographs, and charts to predict long- and short-range weather conditions, using computer models and knowledge of climate theory, physics, and mathematics.
 
Broadcast weather conditions, forecasts, and severe weather warnings to the public via television, radio, and the Internet, or provide this information to the news media.
 
Gather data from sources such as surface and upper air stations, satellites, weather bureaus, and radar for use in meteorological reports and forecasts.
 
Prepare forecasts and briefings to meet the needs of industry, business, government, and other groups.
 
Apply meteorological knowledge to problems in areas including agriculture, pollution control, and water management, and to issues such as global warming or ozone depletion.
 
Conduct basic or applied meteorological research into the processes and determinants of atmospheric phenomena, weather, and climate.
 
Operate computer graphic equipment to produce weather reports and maps for analysis, distribution, or use in weather broadcasts.
 
Measure wind, temperature, and humidity in the upper atmosphere, using weather balloons.
 
Develop and use weather forecasting tools, such as mathematical and computer models.
 
Direct forecasting services at weather stations, or at radio or television broadcasting facilities.
 
Research and analyze the impact of industrial projects and pollution on climate, air quality, and weather phenomena.
 
Collect air samples from planes and ships over land and sea to study atmospheric composition.
 
Conduct numerical simulations of climate conditions to understand and predict global and regional weather patterns.
 
Collect and analyze historical climate information such as precipitation and temperature records to help predict future weather and climate trends.
 
Consult with agencies, professionals, or researchers regarding the use and interpretation of climatological information.
 
Make scientific presentations and publish reports, articles, or texts.
 
Design and develop new equipment and methods for meteorological data collection, remote sensing, or related applications.
 
Teach at colleges or universities.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Atmospheric and Space Scientists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Atmospheric and Space Scientists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Atmospheric and Space Scientists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Atmospheric and Space Scientists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
AccuWeather Galileo Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Advanced Visual Systems AVS/Express Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Air quality modeling software Analytical or scientific software
 
Aninoquisi MesoTRAC Analytical or scientific software
 
Baron Services FasTrac Analytical or scientific software
 
Baron Volumetric Imaging and Processing of Integrated Radar VIPIR Analytical or scientific software
 
Cave5D Analytical or scientific software
 
ESRI ArcInfo Map creation software
 
ESRI ArcView Map creation software
 
Environmental Research Services RAOB Analytical or scientific software
 
Ferret Analytical or scientific software
 
Flow Analysis Software Toolkit FAST Analytical or scientific software
 
Grid analysis and display system GrADS Analytical or scientific software
 
ITT Visual Information Systems ENVI Analytical or scientific software
 
Image editing software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Interactive radar analysis software IRAS Analytical or scientific software
 
Lakes Environmental Software WRPLOT View Analytical or scientific software
 
Maplesoft Maple Analytical or scientific software
 
Mesoscale modeling software Analytical or scientific software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft Paint Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
PC Weather Products HURRTRAK Analytical or scientific software
 
QuarkXPress Desktop publishing software
 
SVRPLOT Analytical or scientific software
 
SatView Analytical or scientific software
 
StatSoft STATISTICA software Analytical or scientific software
 
Systat Software SigmaPlot Analytical or scientific software
 
Systat Software SigmaStat Analytical or scientific software
 
The MathWorks MATLAB Analytical or scientific software
 
Unidata GEMPAK Analytical or scientific software
 
Unidata Gempak Analysis and Rendering Program GARP Analytical or scientific software
 
Unidata Integrated Data Viewer IDV Analytical or scientific software
 
Unidata McIDAS-X Analytical or scientific software
 
Vis5d+ Analytical or scientific software
 
VorTek Site Assessment of Tornado Threat SATT Analytical or scientific software
 
WINGRIDDS Analytical or scientific software
 
WSI Titan Analytical or scientific software
 
WSI TrueView Professional Analytical or scientific software
 
Windflow modeling software Analytical or scientific software
 
Wolfram Research Mathematica Analytical or scientific software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Air quality samplers Air samplers or collectors
 
Air temperature thermometers Temperature or humidity surface observing apparatus
 
Analog anemometers Anemometers
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital anemometers Anemometers
 
Doppler radar equipment Radarbased surveillance systems
 
Graphic tablets Tablet computers
 
Hygrometers Hygrometers
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Light meters Lightmeters
 
Mercury barometers Barometers
 
Next Generation Weather Radar NEXRAD Radarbased surveillance systems
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Psychrometers Psychrometers
 
Radiosonde launchers Radiosonde apparatus
 
Rain gauges Rainfall recorders
 
Relative humidity gauges Temperature or humidity surface observing apparatus
 
Soil temperature probes Temperature transmitters
 
Solarimeters Solar radiation surface observing apparatus
 
Storm chase vehicles Light trucks or sport utility vehicles
 
Surface temperature probes Surface thermometers
 
Temperature and humidity data loggers Temperature or humidity surface observing apparatus
 
Tipping bucket rain gauges Rainfall recorders
 
Two way radios Two way radios
 
Weather balloons Meteorology instrument accessories
 
Weather observation stations Weather stations
 
Whirling hygrometers Hygrometers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Atmospheric and Space Scientists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
Related Work Experience None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Atmospheric and Space Scientists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Aerologist
Air Analyst
Astrochemist
Atmospheric Chemist
Atmospheric Scientist
Broadcast Meteorologist
Climate Change Risk Assessor
Climatologist
Computer Meteorologist
Forecaster
General Forecaster
Hurricane Tracker
Hydrometeorological Technician
Hydrometeorologist
Marine Meteorologist
Meteorological Engineer
Meteorologist
Meteorologist-in-Charge
Oceanographic Meteorologist
Operational Meteorologist
Physical Meteorologist
Radiosonde Specialist
Science and Operations Officer (SOO)
Service Hydrologist
Space Operations Officer
Storm Chaser
Synoptic Meteorologist
Tornado Chaser
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Weather Analyst
Weather Forecaster
Weather Reporter
Weatherman
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Atmospheric and Space Scientists
 
 
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