Meteorology degree and an MBA to help get you a job?16 Jul , 2012 | 12
Sorry haven’t written in a while, folks. It’s been quite busy as I’m trying to set up something on my own which I’ll share with you all soon!
Given the lack of entry level meteorology jobs out there, many entry level folks are looking for any and all ways to make themselves stand out. In the last few weeks, I’ve received numerous emails from folks asking whether an MBA in addition to a meteorology degree will help them. They’re trying to do whatever they can to break in…these kids are hungry and very passionate!
But will an MBA help? Here’s my take: It depends on what you want to do in meteorology.
If your goal is to be an operational forecaster…in my opinion, an MBA won’t help too much. I think it’s better to have relevant hands on forecasting experience rather than a masters in business for this particular role. My advice is (while you are looking for jobs), start your own website/blog and begin forecasting for your region. Put your performance metrics on the website and show your skill level. Anything just to keep you in the game!
Now, if your goal is to start your own weather consulting company or have a career in weather risk/derivatives….then yes I think an MBA will help. It will give you the necessary skills to manage your business and/or understand finance/modeling. I think these particular employers in weather risk/derivatives will value that you have an additional finance/business degree outside of meteorology.
And if you’re in going for broadcasting weather on TV or Radio….then I do not think an MBA will help at all. In TV, I feel it’s all about whether you can drive ratings, walk, talk and chew gum at the same time.
If you are mid career as a forecaster (at say a large weather company) and you want to break into upper management….then I think an MBA will help considerably on your resume. And hopefully the company will help pay for it, too!
Also, if you feel like you ever would want to pivot outside of meteorology, I believe an MBA is the way to make that happen. You will make many contacts at these schools and have access to a very large alumni database of which should help you gain more connections in other fields outside of meteorology.
I also feel where you get your MBA matters significantly. Some of you may or may not agree with this…but my opinion is if one does not get into a Top 50 MBA program (and I am being quite conservative here), then it’s not worth pursuing it in today’s competitive climate (pun intended) nor worth the expensive cost!
Bottom line, consider what your goal is in meteorology and evaluate whether the expensive costs of an MBA are worth the opportunity cost. Good luck in whatever decision you make and of course if you have any questions or comments…feel free to use the comment box! Thanks! (Photo credit: Bestcolleges.com)