Hydrogeology and Water Resources Protection

Design or implement programs and strategies related to water resource issues such as supply, quality and regulatory compliance issues. Build a career in hydrogeology and water resources protection.

Work as a water resources specialistWhat Does a Career in Hydrogeology and Water Resources Protection Look Like?

Interested in working with stormwater management systems? Perhaps you are fascinated by hydrologic phenomena and want to get into measuring, monitoring and protecting water resources.

Most water resource specialists do some or all of the following:

  • Perform hydrologic, hydraulic or water quality modeling.  
  • Conduct, or oversee the conduct of, investigations on matters such as water storage, wastewater discharge, pollutants, permits or other compliance and regulatory issues.  
  • Develop plans to protect watershed health or rehabilitate watersheds.
  • Develop strategies for watershed operations to meet water supply and conservation goals or to ensure regulatory compliance with clean water laws or regulations.
  • Identify and characterize specific causes or sources of water pollution.

What Education is Required to Build a Career in Hydrogeology and Water Resources Protection?

All water resource specialist jobs require a bachelor’s degree, and about half require a master’s degree or a graduate level certificate.

Many professionals working in this field find that they are only qualified to do part of the job because they don’t have the credentials required. They work for a few years, but find they cannot be promoted because the next step requires an engineering degree. The engineering degree allows them to do the design work rather than just the installation. The engineer can sign (“seal”) legal documents once they become a licensed Professional Engineer.

Find out if a master’s degree or graduate level certificate will give you the credentials required for job advancement. Our online graduate programs are designed to accommodate a working professional’s busy schedule, making it possible to work full-time and get the advanced degree or certificate you need.

Related Hydrogeology and Water Resources Protection Job Titles

The following are just a few of the common job titles graduates of advanced biological agricultural degree and certificate programs qualify for:

  • Hydrogeologist
  • National Stormwater Leader
  • Consulting Engineer
  • Research Hydraulic Engineer
  • Senior Hydrogeologist
  • Senior Water Resources Engineer
  • VP-Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer
  • Water Resources Business Segment Leader
  • Water Resources Specialist
  • Stormwater Management System Expert
  • Stormwater Management Engineer

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Hydrogeology and Water Resources Protection Salary and Forecast

Those working in hydrogeology and water resources earn a national median salary of $142,070 (as of 2016).

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Job opportunities in the industry are growing at a rate of 2-4%, with North Carolina leading the way with a job opportunity growth rate of 16.5%.

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