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.
There were 38 Hydrologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1596 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 2012:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $67,341.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $56,226.
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 $53,907.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||34%|
|3 to 5 years||42%|
|6 to 8 years||10%|
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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (37%)
- Planning (25%)
- Writing (23%)
- Physical Abilities (21%)
- Research (18%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Hydrology (51%)
- Hydrogeology (48%)
- Geology (25%)
- Chemistry (23%)
- Project Management (23%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Water Conservation (20%)
- Calculus (20%)
- Data Collection (17%)
- Budgeting (17%)
- Occupational Health and Safety (11%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Watershed Management (5%)
- Groundwater Sampling (5%)
- Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) (4%)
- Soil Sampling (4%)
- Water Sampling (3%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (1%) – marginal value $3,063
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Hydrologist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Senior Hydrogeologist
- Supervisory Hydrologist
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.
- Physical Scientist
- Wildlife Biologist
- Environmental Planner / Scientist
- Field Biologist
- Environmental Engineer
Here are the employers that have posted the most Hydrologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Geological Survey (82)
- US Government (75)
- United States Geological Survey (52)
- Forest Service (38)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (35)
- North Carolina Department Of Justice (6)
- State North Carolina (4)
- North Carolina Dept Of Environmental Quality (4)
- Thompson Consulting Services (1)
- City Burlington (1)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!