Faculty of Science
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Consider Atmospheric Science (ATSC) as a Major or Minor

   If you are interested in science, then consider majoring or minoring in Atmospheric Science. Please contact Prof. Phil Austin, chair of Atmospheric Sciences, for more info:  paustin@eoas.ubc.ca .

   The ATSC program focuses on weather-related big societal issues and the associated tools:
(1) air quality
(2) renewable energy
(3) climate change
(4) big data (statistics, machine learning, scientific programming)
(5) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & remote sensing

   ATSC is an interdisciplinary program spanning the faculties of Science, Applied Science (Engr.), Arts, and Land and Food Systems (Ag.).  You can see a summary of all 16 ATSC professors on this link.

   Our industry advisory panel anticipates the following career paths for new graduates as well as for practicing meteorologists desiring retraining:
• environmental / air-quality consultants
• renewable-energy meteorology experts
• environmental machine/deep-learning analysts

   Employment of atmospheric scientists, including meteorologists, is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026 in the USA, faster than the average for all occupations. The best job prospects for atmospheric scientists will be in private industry. Another job path is with the airlines, where 20,000 new pilots will be needed each year for the next 20 years*.  An overview of government forecaster jobs in Canada is at https://www.eco.ca/career-profiles/meteorologist/ .

   We offer Bachelor of Science, Honours Bachelor of Science, and co-op programs in ATSC. You can also get a combined Bachelors such as Computer Science and ATSC.

   For those of you nearly finished with your bachelors in science or engineering, consider grad school in ATSC (Thesis Masters, Non-thesis Masters, Co-op Masters, and PhD degrees). 

   Finally, regardless of your major, ATSC offers fun courses with no prerequisites, which you can take online from anywhere in the world.  For example, ATSC 113 Applied Meteorology (Weather for Sailing, Flying and Snow Sports).

* Aviation Week and Space Technology, 181 (21) 28 Oct - 10 Nov 2019:  Resource Management, ... Demand in N. America is driven by retirements and in Asia-Pacific by growth, p44-49.  Pilot Demand Means Pressure to Adapt Training, p50-51.  US Military is Still Fighting a Pilot Shortage, 52-53.  Casting a wider net for pilots, 54.

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