Atmospheric and Space Scientists

risk level
Based on 151 votes
by year 2032
or $44.64 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

23% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

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User poll

40% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 23% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Atmospheric and Space Scientists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Atmospheric and Space Scientists' job openings is expected to rise 3.6% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Atmospheric and Space Scientists' was $92,860, or $44 per hour

'Atmospheric and Space Scientists' were paid 93.2% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 9,310 people employed as 'Atmospheric and Space Scientists' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 16 thousand people are employed as 'Atmospheric and Space Scientists'.

Job description

Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.

SOC Code: 19-2021.00


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whetherweather101 (Moderate) says
AI will soon (and already is) predicting weather as or more accurately than human forecasters.
May 08, 2024 at 12:05 PM
Thomas (Highly likely) says
I went to school for this. I think that computer processing power will increase over the years. When this happens, the grid cells of the model will become smaller (look up climate modeling). This has happened for decades now. Eventually, the grid cells of the model become so small that the errors in model forecasts will decrease leaving no need for humans to fix them. This doesn't apply to research scientists.
Dec 01, 2022 at 10:56 PM
atmospheric scientist contractor person (Uncertain) says
There are many areas where AI could replace the work of scientists, but the adoption of new technology often lags behind what is seen in industry. This is partly due to the fact that this field is driven by government funding, which is often allocated inefficiently compared to the private sector. In addition, scientist salaries are low and require extensive schooling (Master's/PhD), so change is happening very slowly.
Jan 06, 2022 at 03:20 PM
Mike (No chance) says
There is a difference between weather forecaster (already replaced) and atmospheric/space science.
Jan 21, 2021 at 04:23 AM
Chris (Moderate) says
At least the weather forecasting side, automation has already taken over the job. Models are getting so much better and in the next decade it will likely be unnecessary to 'forecast' in the traditional sense.
Oct 23, 2019 at 04:16 PM
Nicholas says
Forecasting is only a tiny part of what atmospheric and space scientist do. As space scientist I do not work with forecasting at all. Then given the poor amount of data, the result is also very poor.
Aug 12, 2019 at 08:07 PM

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