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Hydrologists

Also called: Groundwater Consultant, Hydrogeologist, Hydrologist, Research Hydrologist

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What they do:
Research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare written and oral reports describing research results, using illustrations, maps, appendices, and other information.
  • Design and conduct scientific hydrogeological investigations to ensure that accurate and appropriate information is available for use in water resource management decisions.
  • Measure and graph phenomena such as lake levels, stream flows, and changes in water volumes.

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • 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
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
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
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Scientific Software Group AQUA3D
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Groundwater Software Visual Site Manager
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Advanced Logic Technology WellCAD
  • BOSS International Visual Groundwater

Education

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

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$79,990
$50,900
$122,870

Green Green jobs will increase the demand for this type of work.

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