FEBRUARY 5TH IS NATIONAL WEATHER PERSON'S DAY
Always celebrated on February 5th, National Weatherperson’s Day, which is also known as National Weatherman’s Day, honors all individuals in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting, and broadcast meteorology. The day also recognizes volunteer storm spotters and observers as well as any others that work in the weather field.
This annual holiday commemorates the birthday of John Jeffries, born on this day in 1744. Dr. Jeffries, a scientist, and a surgeon, is considered to be one of America’s first weather observers. He kept weather records from 1774 to 1816. Additionally, Jefferies pioneered the field of ballooning in the United States and took his first balloon observation in 1784.
CAREERS REALTED TO THE WEATHER
What is Meteorology?
Meteorology is the study of weather, climate, and the forces that cause change in our environment. It uses math and physics to understand the atmosphere, which consist of layers of gases and moisture surrounding the earth.
Most weather takes place in the lowest level of the atmosphere, known as the troposphere. Within meteorology there are a number of specialty fields which include climatology, severe storms and tornadoes, tropical cyclones, hydrology, and agriculture. Detailed research is applied through meteorology subsets, including multiple scales (synoptic, meso-, and micro scale), satellite, radar, and cloud physics.
What do Meteorologists do?
Many people think a meteorologist is the person who explains the forecast on television. However, television meteorologists make up only a small percentage of career meteorologists. Meteorologists are involved with research, teaching, consulting, and forecasting. They are employed by universities, private companies, and the government.
JOBS RELATED TO THE WEATHER
(Salary information from Payscale.com, as of January 2021):
Average Base Salary- $49,435
Reporters present verbal or written information about events and subjects. Since climate change is such a significant issue, there are opportunities for reporters to focus exclusively on stories related to climate change. This can involve reporting on how weather patterns have changed and how these changes are affecting people in different regions. It's common for reporters to need a bachelor's degree in journalism or a similar subject to pursue this profession.
Average Base Salary- $69,888
Oceanographers are required to have a bachelor's degree to enter this career field and they may also need to be licensed. They focus on performing studies and may gather samples and conduct tests on those samples as part of their work. Oceanographers are specifically interested in ocean-related issues, including understanding the relationship between the ocean and weather.
Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine and Space Sciences Teachers
Average Base Salary- $69,400
Postsecondary atmospheric, earth, marine and space sciences teachers instruct college and university students in these subject areas. This encompasses teaching students about things like weather and climate change, since the teachers in this field include those who teach future oceanographers and meteorologists. Some postsecondary teachers also perform research related to their discipline, so those who concentrate on atmospheric sciences and ocean sciences may not only teach students about the weather and climate change, but they may also perform studies related to these topics themselves. A doctoral degree is normally required to work in this career field.
Environmental Scientists and Specialists
Average Base Salary- $52,036
The weather is directly related to environmental issues, and environmental scientists and specialists may specialize as climate change analysts and concentrate on researching how climate change is affecting ecosystems. These environmental scientists and specialists gather data through research and process that data. They may use their research to educate people about the impact of climate change and how to prevent or repair environmental damage. A bachelor's degree is required for entry-level positions in this field, although those who wish to advance will need to earn a master's or doctoral degree.
Solar Photovoltaic Installers
Average Base Salary- $36,982
The pursuit of renewable energy sources has prompted development in the field of solar power. Solar photovoltaic installers are responsible for installing solar panels that can be used to produce electricity. These professionals must ensure the equipment they install has weather sealant applied to them, so their work involves protecting equipment from the weather and preparing equipment so that it can receive sufficient sunlight. Solar photovoltaic installers can prepare for their career by earning a high school diploma and being trained once employed, or they may opt to complete a technical school program.
Average Base Salary- $52,036
Atmospheric scientists typically study meteorology and earn a bachelor's degree to prepare for their career. They specialize in understanding weather systems and how to predict changes in the weather. Some may specialize as broadcast meteorologists, who are responsible for appearing on TV and other forms of media and sharing weather forecasts. Other atmospheric scientists include climate scientists, who focus on trying to determine how climate change will impact specific regions in the future.
Wind Turbine Technicians
Average Base Salary- $47,424
Wind turbine technicians help produce renewable energy from wind power. They install wind turbines and then perform any repairs required to ensure that the turbines continue to work effectively. Since wind is a component of the weather, these installation professionals work in a weather-related career field. They typically complete training through a technical school program, and then receive additional on-the-job training once hired in this field.
Average Base Salary- $66,100
Environmental engineers must have a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering to be considered for entry-level jobs in this field. In their work they may focus on research and development related to climate change, which involves understanding how weather patterns have changed. They may also perform research on methods to limit adverse affects from weather-related problems such as acid rain.
Average base salary- $84,000
Thrill-seekers who have a passion for the weather may find full- or part-time job opportunities as a storm chaser. Storm chasers develop weather and climate reports using charts, graphs and computer software as well as up-close-and-personal experience and photographs of tornadoes, rain storms, hurricanes and other natural phenomena. They are usually employed by weather stations, labs or government or non-profit agencies, or they conduct storm research in conjunction with careers in academia. Pay varies by employment and regularity of work. Some storm chasers are paid money from special research grants, while others do temporary, project-based work.
Average base salary- $100,000
Forensic meteorology is most often used in court cases, including insurance disputes, personal injury cases, and murder investigations. This is most often the case when weather conditions were a possible factor, as in falldowns after snow and ice, wind, flooding, after aviation and nautical accidents, etc. With increasing losses from severe weather in recent years, the demand for forensic meteorological services has also grown. In the US, many forensic meteorologists are certified by the American Meteorological Society (AMS)'s rigorous Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) program.
Watch this video to learn more about Forensic Meteorology, and see how this profession uses the weather to solve crimes and more:
MY FUTURE WEDNESDAY PRESENTS:
PAUL MITCHELL, THE SCHOOL
Wednesday, February 10th, 10 am
In Cosmetology, Paul Mitchell the School offers hands-on training in cutting, color, texture, styling, skin and nails and so much more—all under the guidance of world-renowned stylists and passionate educators who are committed to helping you succeed as a cosmetologist.
Are you ready to launch your career? Zoom in to hear a representative from Paul Mitchell- The School, share options for students who are interested a career in Cosmetology.
Watch the video below to hear from celebrity Hairstylist, Kristin Ess, on how she got started as a hairstylist:
MY FUTURE WEDNESDAY CAREER GUEST SPEAKER
Hear what is like to be a Professional Sportscaster!
Wednesday, February 10 (rescheduled from Feb 3), 3:00 - 3:45 pm
Elise Woodward, Broadcaster
Elise Woodard has been working in broadcasting for over 20 twenty years. You can currently catch Elise covering sports for Pac-12 Network, ESPN, IMG Radio Network, & the Seattle Storm
Have a question for Elise Woodward? Submit your question to Mrs. Tuiaea-Ruud at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out some of the footage from Elise's career:
LUNCH WITH LEADERS
Career Guest Speaker
Wednesday, February 10, 1-1:30 pm
Director of Arts Engagement, Seattle Rep — Seattle’s premier theater for plays, musicals, and community events
Seattle Rep puts theater at the heart of public life. Founded in 1963 and winner of the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Seattle Rep collaborates with extraordinary artists to create productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of the Pacific Northwest.
JAWA Lunch With Leaders brings together Washington state leaders and K-12 students in a no-cost, virtual format to inspire students and prepare them for a stronger tomorrow! Leaders share their stories and discuss the skills and qualities necessary to succeed in their field and give advice on how to plan for a rewarding future.
FEBRUARY IS CTE MONTH!
Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. Earn credits toward graduation, as well as dual credit options for college.
Click the button below to hear from CTE teachers at Chiawana on what classes you can take to prepare for your future:
CTE MONTH FEATURE:
EXPLORE THE TRADES
At ExploreTheTrades.com our mission is to recruit individuals to the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical trades. These industries keep our country running. Jobs in these industries are in high demand and come with great pay, career opportunities and job security. We want to help you discover that these careers aren’t just a choice – they’re the best choice.
What trades career is right for me? Plumbing, Heating, Cooling or Electrical trades?
TAKE THE QUIZ AND DISCOVER THE TRADE THAT'S MEANT FOR YOU
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2021 WAEF Scholarship Applications Are Open!
Students raised in families with direct ties to Washington’s tree fruit industry are eligible to apply.
Ties to the industry are created through immediate family member or personal employment in an apple, cherry or pear orchard or warehouse in Washington, immediate family ownership of an apple, cherry or pear orchard or warehouse in Washington or immediate family employment in a company directly serving the apple, cherry or pear industry in Washington.
Employment must be current and to have been ongoing for a minimum of 12 consecutive months. Additionally, students with a desire to work for Washington’s tree fruit industry may also qualify. Individual scholarships may each have more specific qualifications.
Are you a Senior who is actively involved in the innovative use of technology?
The Association of Computer Professionals in Education (ACPE) has allocated up to $10,000 for scholarships of up to $2,000 each for students in Oregon and Washington.
These scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors who have been actively involved in the innovative use of technology during their high school careers and are planning to pursue studies in a technology-related field.
A completed online application must be submitted to ACPE no later than 5 pm, March 19, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified via email by April 15, 2021. The amount of the award will be paid to the college/school of the awardee's choice.
WASHINGTON STATE OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS
FOR BACCALAUREATE AND CAREER & TECHNICAL STUDENTS
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 11, 2021
About the Baccalaureate Scholarship:
The Baccalaureate Scholarship provides up to $22,500 in financial aid support and access to career-launching support services for students pursuing high-demand STEM and health care majors. This scholarship can be used to cover tuition, fees and other indirect costs of attendance such as housing, transportation, food and more. Funding can be used for any eligible STEM or health care degree at any eligible public or private college or university in Washington state.
About the Career & Technical Scholarship:
The Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) supports Washington students on their path to high-demand trade, STEM and health care occupations. To be eligible, Scholars must enroll in an approved program, such as welding, manufacturing or IT, at one of Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges. Scholars are eligible to receive up to $1,500 each quarter for the duration of their associate degree, certificate or apprenticeship program. These scholarship funds are flexible and can be used to cover tuition, fees and other costs of attendance such as housing, transportation, food and more.
Learn about the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship in the video below:
A.I. SCHOLARS 2021
A HIGH SCHOOL INTENSIVE IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (A.I.)
Developed and taught by Stanford alumni and graduate students offered in-person and live online for high school students globally.
A.I. Scholars Live Online
AI Scholars Live Online is a 10 session (25-hour) program that exposes high school students to fundamental AI concepts and guides them to build a socially impactful project. Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford University, students receive a personalized learning experience in small groups with a student-teacher ratio of 4:1.
Spring Semester: February 15, 2021
Summer Break: March 1, 2021
Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Limited seats.
Latin for “Always Faithful,” Semper Fidelis is the motto of every Marine—an eternal and collective commitment to the success of our battles, the progress of our Nation, and the steadfast loyalty to the fellow Marines we fight alongside.
The Marine Corps plays a major role as the first force on the ground in most conflicts. Today, Marines are stationed around the world at all times, ready to deploy quickly whenever and wherever needed. Total service commitment ranges from four to six years.
Before Serving in the Marine Corps
To become a Marine, an individual must be between 18 and 29 years old (17 with parental consent) and have a high school diploma. A small percentage of GED holders may be allowed to join each year, provided they score well on the ASVAB test.
All Marine Corps recruits undergo 12 weeks of Recruit Training at Parris Island, South Carolina, or San Diego, California. This training is an intense mental and physical process that shapes recruits against the core Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment.
Marine Corps Benefits
The Marine Corps is unique among Service branches in the intangible benefits it provides. Marines are paid well and receive the same health care and lifestyle employment benefits as other service members. However, being a Marine is not simply a job. It is a calling, and only those who prove themselves during the rigorous training have earned the right to wear the uniform.
HEALTH CAREER EXPLORATION FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS
February 20, 2021, 9:45 a.m.
The Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center (EWAHEC) is hosting a series of one-day, hands-on Scrubs Camps for high school students. Scrubs Camp is a health career camp that provides an opportunity for students to explore a variety of health careers through interactive activities.