|Quick Facts: Hydrologists|
|2012 Median Pay||
$75,530 per year
$36.31 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Master’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||7,400|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||10% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||800|
Hydrologists study how water moves across and through the Earth’s crust. They can use their expertise to solve problems in the areas of water quality or availability.
Hydrologists work in the field and in offices. In the field, hydrologists may have to wade into lakes and streams to collect samples or to read and inspect monitoring equipment. In the office, hydrologists spend much their time using computers to analyze data and model their findings.
For most jobs, hydrologists need a master’s degree with a background in the natural sciences. Hydrologists may need a license in some states.
The median annual wage for hydrologists was $75,530 in May 2012.
Employment of hydrologists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Population growth and environmental concerns are expected to increase demand for hydrologists.
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