For Immediate Release
Shortage of trained meteorologists
November 10, 2005 (Calgary, AB) - As weather continues to make
headlines around the world, the importance of accurate, timely meteorological
information grows in importance. While most Canadians link meteorological
expertise with traditional sectors such as agriculture, meteorology
also impacts transportation, construction, and tourism. Accurate
and precise warnings and forecasts offer tremendous potential cost
savings to the Canadian economy.
"Aviation, shipping, and trucking industries rely on accurate
weather routing services for scheduling, "just-in-time"
delivery and to save on fuel costs," says Susan Woodbury, President
of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS).
The 2005 Changing Climate: Canadian Meteorological Employment Report,
just released by ECO Canada, reveals that there are critical obstacles
to growth of the sector that need to be addressed to ensure that
it can meet its full economic and employment potential.
"It is important that Canadians understand the meteorological
sector's human resource requirements in order to ensure its ongoing
growth and prosperity," says Ian Rutherford, Executive Director,
The report is intended to provide a greater understanding of the
Canadian meteorological sector by outlining common activities of
meteorological employment, documenting the existing and forecasted
labour market conditions, and offering recommendations on steps
that should be taken to support this important sector.
In total, 9,200 meteorological practitioners are currently employed
in Canada, and this number is expected to increase. The projected
future demand for trained practitioners is high-2,350 by 2010. At
the same time, private sector employers are pointing to shortages
in the supply of trained meteorologists, exacerbated by low enrolments
in related academic programs. This could impact the quality of weather
information that is provided to Canadians and Canadian businesses.
To obtain an electronic copy of the report, visit www.eco.ca and
click on the 'Products' link. If you wish to receive a hard copy,
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: "Request
for Meteorological Report."
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