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New meteorology concentration being offered at local university

New meteorology concentration being offered at local university

Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 10:23 am

The Messenger 12.23.09
The University of Tennessee at Martin is offering a new meteorology concentration — the only program of its kind in the state.
Part of the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resources, the meteorology program is designed to train students for careers in the atmospheric sciences and supplement their training in geosciences.
“Successful students will be well positioned to enter graduate school to complete their professional meteorology training or to follow careers in the geosciences in which foundational knowledge in weather and climate is required,” said Dr. Mark Simpson, associate professor of geography.
Potential career fields include working as forecasters, broadcast meteorologists, research meteorologists, climatologists and meteorologists in the armed forces. Others are as consultants in forensics, agriculture, energy, manufacturing, commodities markets, environmental planning, emergency preparedness, transportation and teaching.
The proposed concentration complements the existing concentrations in the geosciences as well as the existing programs in the new academic home in the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Re-sources.
“It is also worth noting that many universities are starting bachelor of science degrees in meteorology emphasizing forecasting. The market is being flooded with ‘forecasters’ and ‘storm chasers,’ but the training offered at UT Martin will allow students flexibility in career choices, thus enhancing marketability,” Simpson said. “The program is flexible enough to allow students to be trained in other avenues of geosciences while being engaged in a rigorous study of the fundamentals of meteorology. For those students who wish to pursue forecasting as a career, the concentration will be thorough enough to prepare them for the top graduate programs.”
For more information about the new program, contact the Department of Agriculture, Geo-sciences and Natural Resources at (731) 881-7260.

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