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The study of the cosmos is investigated and researched by scientists in the broad discipline of space science. Space scientists can be divided into two categories: physicists and astronomers. Physics is the study of the fundamental rules of space, matter, energy, and time. They might work in theoretical aspects of the science or in areas where various properties of materials can be examined utilising cutting-edge laboratory equipment. Their research has applications to the formation, motion, and operation of objects in space. Stars, planets, galaxies, and other objects are the subject of astronomers' research. They might also keep an eye on asteroids, black holes, and space trash. In scholarly journals that are accessible to the general public and other scientists, both of these vocations present their research and discoveries.


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Who is an atmospheric and space scientist?

Atmospheric and space scientists are responsible for creating reports and forecasts for the public and other uses, conduct research into atmospheric phenomena and evaluate meteorological data obtained by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar.

What are the different career/profession/job options available in atmospheric and space science?

  • Broadcast meteorology

  • Meteorologist for the National Weather Service

  • Research positions at NOAA, NASA, DoE, DoD, DoA

  • Weather analyst for industry, commerce, airlines, government, alternative energy companies

  • Military weather officer

  • Renewable Energy Siting and Forecasting

What is the scope of atmospheric and space science in India?

The entire field of study pertaining to the physics, mechanics, and chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere, including both basic and applied research, is referred to as atmospheric science. There is a good scope for this profession in India now with all the problems that have been imposed on us by global warming and such. A beginning atmospheric scientist (with 1-3 years of experience) may expect to make an annual income of $7,56,037. The average pay for a senior level atmospheric scientist (8+ years of experience) is $13,36,761.

How many years will be required to study atmospheric and space science as well as basic qualification requirements?

Bachelors will take upto 4 years. Master’s is recommended in this field and that will take up an additional of 1-2 years. Those pursuing this profession must also have a doctorate degree or equivalent to be more successful in their career which will be another 1-2 years more.

What are the top universities in India for studying atmospheric and space science?

  1. Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital

  2. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore

  3. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research

  4. Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

What are the top universities abroad to study atmospheric and space science?

  1. Texas A&M University, USA

  2. University of Kansas, USA

  3. University of Wyoming, USA

  4. University of Wollongong, Australia

  5. ETH Zurich, Switzerland

  6. Dalhousie University, Canada

What are the entrance exams for atmospheric and space science?

The entrance exam is the same as those who are applying for astrophysics as this profession is a sub-field of it. The entrance exams vary from college to college.

What skills are required to be an atmospheric and space scientist?

Atmospheric and space scientists need to be well versed with their concepts of physics and applications to the understanding of mechanical, electrical, atomic, and subatomic structures and processes, as well as fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics.

What are the pros and cons of working as an atmospheric and space scientist?


  • Due to changing climate situations, such jobs are always on high alert and never monotonous.

  • Be able to evacuate areas and save people

  • High scope within this profession


  • You may need to work long hours

  • Relocation is very common is this profession

  • Hard courses to get a degree in


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