In the past three years, 24 women out of 49 students have successfully completed the nationally accredited Graduate Diploma in Meteorology, held at the Bureau’s Melbourne Training Centre. Over the past 16 years, 94 women have graduated with the Diploma, compared to the period 1988 to 1999, when just 30 out of 137 course participants were female.
The Bureau’s Regional Director for Victoria, Tarini Casinader, said she is pleased to see a growing number of young women choosing meteorology as a career.
“The idea of science being just for men is changing rapidly. Forecasting is a mentally stimulating and really rewarding career and it’s great to see so many young women gravitating towards it. It’s also good for the Bureau as we want a diverse workforce which truly reflects society,” she said.
Overall, women now account for almost 30 percent of all staff working at the Bureau of Meteorology, including meteorologists, climatologists, hydrologists, senior executives and three Deputy Directors.
Ms Casinader, who is the Bureau’s first female Regional Director, also said: “There is an increasing appreciation of the value of having women in the Bureau. Women bring different perspectives and a real diversity of skills.”
“I think it’s great that we have more senior women inside the organisation who can act as role models to younger women looking for encouragement and advice, and while I might be the first female Regional Director in the Bureau, I have no intention of being the last.”
For more information about the Graduate Diploma in Meteorology and careers in the Bureau of Meteorology visit the website: www.bom.gov.au