Careers in Climate Science

With a degree in climate science, students are uniquely positioned either to work in the emerging areas related to climate change or to continue towards a multi-disciplinary graduate program.  Many employers are looking for graduates with high-level understanding of climate change, coupled with the skills required to analyze and interpret data.  For example, both the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are working to implement carbon monitoring at the state and national levels.  Numerous other government organizations work in climate change research including the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, NASA, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Climate Change Policy Office.  Various non-profit organizations (or NGOs) work in the area of climate change including the Pew Center for Climate Change, The Nature Conservancy, the United Nations Environmental Program and the World Watch Institute.  Of course, climate change mitigation is growing in areas including energy efficiency, renewable energy (wind and solar), carbon monitoring (including life cycle analysis), agriculture (forests, carbon fluxes) and transportation systems.  Our new concentration in Climate Science is designed to give graduates the broad understanding of many of these areas, coupled with the quantitative ability to solve problems.

Our graduates have been employed in a variety of places that include climate change applications. Examples of these places include:

  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • Jeppesen DataPlan
  • Lawrence Berkeley Energy Lab
  • Lawrence Livermore Energy Lab
  • NASA Ames Research Center
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Pacific Gas and Electric
  • I Naval Research Lab
  • National Weather Service
  • NOAA
  • UC Davis Agricultural Research Center
  • MS and PhD programs at other Universities

The American Meteorological Society has a general guide to Careers in the Atmospheric Sciences, which might be helpful.

Find out more about some of our Alumni, including their places of employment. A significant number of our MS and BS recipients go on to get their PhD. In the past 10 years we have sent to students to many schools including Harvard, Stanford, University of Washington, Colorado State, and Penn State among others.


San Jose State University Department of Meteorology, Duncan Hall 620
Phone: 408.924.5200 Email: meteorology@sjsu.edu