Hydrologists, also known as “water chemists” are essentially scientists who specialize in soil culture, geology, aquatic biology, statistics, forestry, hydrogeology, chemistry, mathematical modeling, and database management. Fundamentally, they are the scientists who monitor water use and resources by analyzing the water cycle. Hydrologists examine the different physical properties and characteristics, distribution patterns, and circulation pathways of water above and below the earth’s surface. They also study rainfall and precipitation patterns to determine the water content underground and on the surface. Our bodies are composed of 70% water. In a world where water is so important, a ...view middle of the document...
They work in multiple federal agencies such as Survey Bureaus and Wildlife Services. They also work in places such as Environmental and Engineering Consulting Firms, State Agencies, and Environmental Groups such as the Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, etc. Hydrologists work in offices, laboratories, and fields. They collect water samples from various sites and locations and inspect the equipment. Those samples are then taken into a laboratory where they are further examined and analyzed. The information from the lab is then sent to offices where the data is inputted into sophisticated computer softwares for further analysis and modeling.
Many future students would consider the question “why should I become a hydrologist?” Well the answer is simple; hydrology offers a wide variety of interesting and challenging career choices. There is an ample amount of jobs available in this field today and tomorrow. From a government agency to a private firm, the opportunities are endless. This is one career where the doors will always be open for water is a human necessity and a hydrologist is someone who helps the human population receive a safe water supply. This is definitely a field worth considering.
To qualify to be a hydrologist, it is necessary to have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Hydrologic Science. This degree is...