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Hydrologists oversee and implement the examination of water that is either above or below the earth's surface through physical characteristics, distribution, and circulation.


What responsibilities will I have?

  • Research and understand the movement of water in the environment and its impacts on the environment
  • Supervision of field activities/research trials
  • Oversee groundwater flow and transport modeling in the environment
  • Assessment of natural attenuation processes in soil and groundwater
  • Perform environmental consulting
  • Design dams, ponds, piping and pumping systems, as well as sewage system for rainfall
  • Study water contamination, how it takes place and prevention
  • Predict changes in climates and ecosystems
  • Supervise technicians assisting with your research or field work
  • Prepare reports and documents with findings and recommendations
  • Advise clients on ways they can preserve their water sources


What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field, such as earth science, geology, chemistry or environmental science/engineering is required. Positions that are research focused require a master’s or doctorate degree.


To pursue a career as a Hydrologist:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, science, biology, chemistry, earth science, geology, physics and mathematics.


Typical Employers:

Typical employers are research firms, environmental consulting companies, conservation authorities, state and federal government, colleges/universities and environmental organizations.


Future Job Market/Outlook:

The future outlook for Hydrologist is projected to be fair.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • American Water Resources Association
  • International Association for Environmental Hydrology
  • National Groundwater Association
  •  American Water Resources Association


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