ognition by meteorologists that a certification program The program as of 19891 strengthens meteorology and the Society in ways that tran- In an age of expanded environmental technology, the scend types of employment and the previous narrow im- scope and detail of meteorological applications within ag- plications of private consulting for fee. Certification is riculture, business, industry, and various sectors of govern- gaining the same significance in meteorology that it has ment operations have brought increasing demands for had in other technical professions for many years. In con- specialized services by meteorologists. These services ex- trast with the limited view of consulting meteorology of tended beyond the traditional public service functions and only a decade ago, certification now applies to many statutory responsibilities of the National Weather Service, branches of professional meteorology. and the private practice of consulting meteorology has de- veloped in answer to some of the needs that arose. In meteorology, as in other technical professions such as en- Consulting meteorologist gineering and medicine, individuals form and maintain Fundamentally the consulting meteorologist is a profes- close contact with the public, and in doing so are repre- sional meteorologist whose practice is founded upon an sentatives of their
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Aug 1, 1989
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