Job prospects Climatologist in Ontario

Job opportunities for Meteorologists and climatologists (NOC 2114) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a climatologist.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Ontario

climatologist
Prospects over the next 3 years
Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Meteorologists and climatologists (NOC 2114) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Nearly 60% of Ontario's meteorologists and climatologists work for the federal government, specifically for Environment and Climate Change Canada's Meteorological Service of Canada.

The Department conducts a Meteorologist Occupational Training Program (MOTP) for three levels of recruits: Meteorologist Intern (MT-01), Developmental Meteorologist (MT-02), and Operational Meteorologist (MT-03). Candidates must be willing to be trained and work at locations outside of Ontario. Different career streams are available for meteorologists such as operational meteorology, service delivery, and the development of prediction systems. Job prospects within the federal government depend on the frequency and size of the recruitment intake by the Department. This is often determined by planned budgetary spending on predicting weather and environmental conditions and funding profiles for weather-related initiatives.

Similarly, employment opportunities for climatologists strongly depend on public sector grants and program funding. Changes to funding allocations and programs may moderate the overall pace of job growth in this occupation though climate change remains a priority for governments and municipalities with funding committed to support various initiatives.

Radio and television broadcasters and companies that provide professional, scientific and technical services employ a small number of meteorologists and climatologists. Technical consulting firms also employ meteorologists to provide weather forecasts and models to companies in air and marine transportation, finance, and construction, to help determine safe travel and working conditions.

Job openings will usually be for operational meteorologists. New entrants to this profession, including meteorologist interns (MT-01) and developmental meteorologists (MT-02) should have at least a bachelor's degree with a specialization in meteorology, or a bachelor's degree in physics, mathematics, or another science-related discipline with a diploma or certificate in meteorology. A master's degree in atmospheric sciences is an asset in securing employment. A doctoral degree is usually required for employment as a research scientist in meteorology. Although certification is not mandatory in order to work as a meteorologist or climatologist, most qualified practitioners belong to a professional group such as the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS). Meteorologists and climatologists involved in research may have to travel to various sites to collect data and observations. In particular, meteorologists may have to work various shifts to ensure round-the-clock staff coverage at locations that offer weather forecasting services to provide current and potential inclement weather updates. Meteorologists may also have to work longer hours to cover extreme weather events.

Here are some key facts about Meteorologists and climatologists in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 250 people worked in this occupation in May 2015.
  • Meteorologists and climatologists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 55%
    • Other professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 5414, 5416-5419): 15%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 9%
    • Universities (NAICS 6113): 6%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 94% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 6% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 75% of meteorologists and climatologists work all year, while 25% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 29 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 6% of meteorologists and climatologists are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Kingston–Pembroke Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region Undetermined Undetermined
    London Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Muskoka–Kawarthas Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Northeast Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Northwest Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Ottawa Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Toronto Region Fair Fair
    Windsor-Sarnia Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Meteorologists and climatologists (NOC 2114) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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