Hydrologists examine the physical characteristics, distribution and movement of water above and below the earth’s surface. They research and understand the movement and impacts of water in the environment. Hydrologists design dams, ponds, piping, pumping systems and sewage systems for rainfall.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Research the movement and impacts of water in the environment
  • Supervise field activities and research trials
  • Oversee groundwater flow and transport modeling in the environment
  • Assess natural attenuation processes (naturally transforming contaminants to less harmful forms) in soil and groundwater
  • Perform environmental consulting
  • Design dams, ponds, piping and pumping systems
  • Study water contamination and prevention
  • Predict changes in climates and ecosystems
  • Supervise technicians assisting with research or field work
  • Utilize computer software to analyze data and create mathematical models
  • Prepare reports and documents with findings and recommendations
  • Advise clients on ways they can preserve their water sources

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • science
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • earth science
  • physics
  • mathematics

Education/Training Required:

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

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