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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)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- Sokanu - occupational profile and videos (U.S.)
- Hydrologist Career Profile - ECO Canada
- Hydrologist Career Profile - AgCareers.com
- Hydrologist Career Profiles - British Hydrological Society
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.
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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- Department of Environment and Geography - Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
- Department of Geological Sciences - Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources
- Department of Engineering - Civil Engineering (Water Resources Engineering)
- Undergraduate courses for water resources
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Labour market information
Labour market information informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Hydrologist Job Market - CareerExplorer.com
- Occupational Landscape Compensation Report Hydrologist/Hydrogeologist - ECO Canada
- Salary Survey - Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba 2018 (includes anticipated openings)
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Canadian Water Resources Association
- Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba
- American Institute of Hydrology (certifying body)
- American Water Resources Association (U.S.)
- Canadian Geophysical Union - Hydrology
- International Association of Hydrogeologists - Canadian National Chapter
- International Association of Hydrological Sciences
- American Geophysical Union
- British Hydrological Society
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Manitoba Chapter
- World Water Council
- Water Environment Federation
- The Canadian Geotechnical Society
- The Canadian Geotechnical Society - Manitoba Chapter
Search industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.
- ECO Canada - job board and wage subsidy information
- British Hydrological Society Job Announcements
- Canadian Geophysical Union Job Board
- CareerMine - jobs in the mining sector
- Canadian Water Resources Association Job Board
- Work Cabin - environmental job board - includes internships
- Canadian Environmental Network
- Good Work- Canada's green job site since 2001
- International Association of Hydrologists Canadian Chapter - job board
These external resources may provide you with additional information about the occupation and opportunities to build experience:
- Hydrology Corner Blog - Aquatic Informatics
- Canadian Rivers Institute - "institute committed to making every river a healthy river"
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada - view 'Students and Fellows' programs
- Water and the Environment - Government of Canada
- Hydrological Sciences (Science Research Portal) - NASA