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Water Resource Specialists

Also called: Hydrogeologist, Senior Group Manager, Senior Hydrogeologist, Senior Water Resources Engineer

What they do:
Design or implement programs and strategies related to water resource issues such as supply, quality, and regulatory compliance issues.
On the job, you would:
  • Perform hydrologic, hydraulic, or water quality modeling.
  • Conduct, or oversee the conduct of, investigations on matters such as water storage, wastewater discharge, pollutants, permits, or other compliance and regulatory issues.
  • Develop plans to protect watershed health or rehabilitate watersheds.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • MWH Soft H2ONET MSX
  • Wallingford Software InfoWater
Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Google Earth Pro
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Scientific Software Group RIVERMorph

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$115,730
per year, on average
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