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19-4044.00 - Hydrologic Technicians

Collect and organize data concerning the distribution and circulation of ground and surface water, and data on its physical, chemical, and biological properties. Measure and report on flow rates and ground water levels, maintain field equipment, collect water samples, install and collect sampling equipment, and process samples for shipment to testing laboratories. May collect data on behalf of hydrologists, engineers, developers, government agencies, or agriculture.

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Tasks

  • Analyze ecological data about the impact of pollution, erosion, floods, and other environmental problems on bodies of water. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Answer technical questions from hydrologists, policymakers, or other customers developing water conservation plans. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply research findings to minimize the environmental impacts of pollution, waterborne diseases, erosion, or sedimentation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist in designing programs to ensure the proper sealing of abandoned wells. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect water and soil samples to test for physical, chemical, or biological properties, such as pH, oxygen level, temperature, and pollution. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop computer models for hydrologic predictions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Estimate the costs and benefits of municipal projects, such as hydroelectric power plants, irrigation systems, and wastewater treatment facilities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Investigate complaints or conflicts related to the alteration of public waters by gathering information, recommending alternatives, or preparing legal documents. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Investigate the properties, origins, or activities of glaciers, ice, snow, or permafrost. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Locate and deliver information or data as requested by customers, such as contractors, government entities, and members of the public. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure the properties of bodies of water, such as water levels, volume, and flow. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform quality control checks on data to be used by hydrologists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare, install, maintain, or repair equipment used for hydrologic study, such as water level recorders, stream flow gauges, and water analyzers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide real time data to emergency management and weather service personnel during flood events. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write groundwater contamination reports on known, suspected, or potential hazardous waste sites. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write materials for research publications, such as maps, tables, and reports, to disseminate findings. See more occupations related to this task.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others about environmental management or conservation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Write reports or evaluations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise others on management of emergencies or hazardous situations or materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze environmental data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply knowledge or research findings to address environmental problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist skilled construction or extraction personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect environmental data or samples. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate with the public on environmental issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Compile environmental or climatological data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop mathematical models of environmental conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate data quality. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install gauges or controls. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure the level or depth of water or other liquids. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare graphics or other visual representations of information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research hydrologic features or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Search files, databases or reference materials to obtain needed information. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians.
Employment data for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians.
Industry data for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians.

Median wages (2019) $24.58 hourly, $51,130 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 19,000 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Faster than average (5% to 7%) Faster than average (5% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 1,600
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Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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