Hydrologists research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere. (O*NET Online)
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A bachelor's degree in a discipline that has a significant hydrology component is typically a minimum requirement although a technical diploma and significant experience may suffice in some cases. This may include programs in physical geography, civil engineering, environmental science, geology or other related discipline. Graduate degrees are required for many positions and, depending on the duties and responsibilities, some hydrologists may need a P. Eng. or P. Geo. designation.
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Date modified: May 29, 2019