How to become a hydrologist
Design strategies for water conservation and improving water quality.
Pathways to this career
- Complete a bachelor's degree in science majoring in hydrology. A major in environmental science or geology is also common.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
- Geoscience Australia
- International Association of Hydrogeologists
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