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Bureau graduate and trainee programs

Bureau graduate and trainee programs

As climate change moves to centre-stage on the world's radar, more young people are coming to see meteorology as a compelling career choice – offering as many personal rewards as it does professional achievements.

Becoming a Meteorologist (text transcript)

From monitoring weather in the remotest reaches of the Outback, to preparing urgent cyclone and flood warnings, or contributing to global knowledge on long-term climate patterns, a career with the Bureau of Meteorology offers some of the most inspiring and indispensable work in the scientific world.

While universities are offering more options to study meteorology and the atmospheric sciences, the Bureau provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to 'fast-track' their careers through three 10-month graduate and trainee programs. These Melbourne-based programs offer hands-on training with the cutting-edge facilities and an ideal path to a career with a world-class scientific agency.

Graduate Meteorologists

With a strong emphasis on practical analysis, the Graduate Meteorology program covers the key skills required to analyse the atmosphere and oceans, interpret satellite and radar data, and provide weather-related forecasts, warnings and information. Graduates receive a nationally accredited Graduate Diploma, qualifying them to work as weather forecasters, and opening windows to specialise in severe weather, tropical meteorology, aviation and climatology.

Trainee Technical Officer – Electronics

Budding technicians will learn the inner workings of the most sophisticated meteorological equipment, from automated weather stations to cloud and visibility sensors, radar systems, weather balloons and state-of-the-art data communications systems. Armed with the electronic theory and the skills to manage these instruments, graduates can go on to support vital projects across Australia, the Antarctic and overseas.

Trainee Technical Officer – Weather Observer

This intensive program covers the practical skills needed to become a proficient weather observer, ranging from the use of complex instrumentation to the analysis and presentation of surface and atmospheric weather data, and the administration of data networks and field stations. With 60 offices across Australia, the Bureau is well placed to provide postings to enthusiastic observers looking for rich and rewarding careers.


Our graduate and trainee programs commence in January and February. Applications for the Electronics program open on 14 July and those for the Weather Observer program opens on 28 July. Applications for the 2012 Graduate Meteorology program have now closed.

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