Sixth Annual AMS Conference for Early Career Professionals

The Early Career Professionals Conference will take place the Sunday prior to the Annual Meeting on 7 January 2018 in Austin, Texas.

Learning does not stop after college. After a four year bachelors program, early career members of AMS enter a world of multiple opportunities, including graduate school and a competitive job market. In addition, a new set of life skills are brought upon early careers, such as time management, negotiation, and work life balance. The Board for Early Career Professionals is aimed to assist both graduate students and early career professionals in this transition, providing tips and tricks to succeed in the weather, water and climate enterprise. 

The 6th Annual AMS Conference for Early Career Professionals serves as a gateway for graduate students and early careers to connect and network with other members, boards, and committees of AMS. The conference comprises a mix of speakers, panelists, and group discussions.  Several networking opportunities throughout the conference encourage communication with both other young professional attendees and invited early, mid, and late career professionals involved in AMS.  A special networking event will held early Sunday evening for only those that register for the conference.

Sessions will cover a variety of topics that are of interest to early career professionals. Some include communication techniques, tips and tricks to stay relevant in the workforce, and skillsets not taught in college.  Interactive small group discussions, led by professionals in the field, will focus on a variety of career skills, issues, and choices that affect early career professionals. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear about how they can benefit from or be a part of AMS boards and committees, and will be able to network with representatives within the AMS.  A joint session with the 17th Annual AMS Student Conference will focus on developing skills needed by both early career professionals and graduate students.

Other early career events will take place during the week, including the 8th Annual AMS Reception for Early Career Professionals, joint sessions specifically highlighting early career research, social media use, and roadmaps to Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) and Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) accreditation, a town hall meeting, and a student and early career speed networking event.

Up-to-date information on the Early Career Professionals Conference can be found on Facebook (search “AMS Early Career Professionals”) and Twitter (@AMSEarlyCareer).

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Conference Contact(s)

For additional information, please contact the conference chairpersons Chris Schultz (e-mail:, Matt Lacke (e-mail:, Samantha Tushaus (email:, or Jared Rennie (e-mail: