Researches the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and studies 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.
This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.
A person in this career:
- Prepares written and oral reports describing research results, using illustrations, maps, appendices, and other information.
- Designs and conducts scientific hydrogeological investigations to ensure that accurate and appropriate information is available for use in water resource management decisions.
- Measures and graphs phenomena such as lake levels, stream flows, and changes in water volumes.
- Conducts research and communicates information to promote the conservation and preservation of water resources.
- Coordinates and supervises the work of professional and technical staff, including research assistants, technologists, and technicians.
- Studies public water supply issues, including flood and drought risks, water quality, wastewater, and impacts on wetland habitats.
- Applies research findings to help minimize the environmental impacts of pollution, waterborne diseases, erosion, and sedimentation.
- Studies and documents quantities, distribution, disposition, and development of underground and surface waters.
- Installs, maintains, and calibrates instruments such as those that monitor water levels, rainfall, and sediments.
- Develops computer models for hydrologic predictions.