How to become a hydrologist

Design strategies for water conservation and improving water quality.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete a bachelor's degree in science majoring in hydrology. A major in environmental science or geology is also common.
  2. Hoping to boost your professional profile? Consider postgraduate study, such as a graduate diploma or master’s degree in science with a major in groundwater hydrology.
  3. Stay up to date with the latest news and opportunities with industry bodies like the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH).

What does a hydrologist do?

Duties and tasks

  • Set up and maintain monitoring equipment that measures water levels, water flows, ground water, rainfall and sediment.
  • Research and monitor water quality, supply and pollution.
  • Identify problems relating to water quality and availability, and work towards finding solutions to improve water conservation and preservation in the future.
  • Collect water and soil samples to test for particular properties, such as pollution.
  • Use data to predict future water supply, spread of pollution etc.
  • Prepare and present research reports to other professionals.

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