A hydrologist examines the physical characteristics, distribution and circulation of water above and below the earth’s surface. They research and understand the movement (and its impacts) of water in the environment. Hydrologists design dams, ponds, piping and pumping systems, as well as sewage system for rainfall.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?:
- Research the movement and impacts of water in the environment
- Supervise field activities/research trials
- Oversee groundwater flow and transport modeling in the environment
- Assess natural attenuation processes in soil and groundwater
- Perform environmental consulting
- Design dams, ponds, as well as piping and pumping systems
- Study water contamination 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
Recommended High School Courses:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, science, biology, chemistry, earth science, geology, physics and mathematics.
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.