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Hydrologist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Studies water, including underground water and water from ground sources like lakes and streams, and researches various aspects of the water cycle. Collects data used to plan conservation efforts and manage water supply. May advise on groundwater contamination risks or planning for flood management.

Job Outlook

There were 31 Hydrologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1287 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Hydrologist industry, which includes the Hydrologist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2004:

Salary

Many new Hydrologist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $69,912.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $65,608.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Hydrologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $55,440.

Education and Experience

Posted Hydrologist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree39%
Master's Degree57%
Doctoral Degree4%
Other0%

Posted Hydrologist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years41%
3 to 5 years35%
6 to 8 years8%
9+ years16%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Hydrologist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (39%)
  • Planning (30%)
  • Physical Abilities (27%)
  • Research (23%)
  • Writing (21%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Hydrology (62%)
  • Hydrogeology (42%)
  • Biology (29%)
  • Chemistry (29%)
  • Natural Sciences (26%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Copying (14%)
  • Budgeting (14%)
  • Civil Engineering (13%)
  • Scheduling (11%)
  • Data Analysis (9%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Soil Conservation (6%)
  • Site Investigations (5%)
  • Watershed Management (4%)
  • Current Meters (4%)
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Hydrologist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrologist, Gs
  • Senior Hydrogeologist
  • Principal Hydrogeologist

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Hydrologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • US Government (121)
  • US Department of the Interior (80)
  • Geological Survey (62)
  • United States Geological Survey (38)
  • Forest Service (30)

North Carolina

  • State North Carolina (8)
  • North Carolina Department Of Justice (8)
  • US Department of the Interior (2)
  • US Government (2)
  • Geological Survey (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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