Irrigation Engineer

Analyze. Plan. Design irrigation system solutions. Build a rewarding career as an irrigation engineer.

What Does Working as an Irrigation Engineer Look Like?

Determine which tools, processes and infrastructure will support the most sustainable and efficient irrigation systems, delivering water to farms, ranches and grounds.

irrigation engineering jobsIrrigation engineers typically:

  • Propose, design and supervise irrigation construction projects.
  • Develop and install irrigation fixtures and watering systems to project requirements and specifications.
  • Construct or oversee construction of irrigation systems with accommodations for type of soil, climate characteristics, water supply, return flow and other factors affecting project requirements.
  • Conduct research on problems related to soil drainage, sustainability practices and conservation efforts.

Educate farmers, ranchers, groundskeepers and developers on irrigation best practices and available technologies and distribution systems.

Irrigation Engineer Salary and Forecast

Irrigation engineers earn a national median salary of $101,320 (as of 2016).

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Job opportunities in the industry are growing at a rate of 2-4%.

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What Education is Required to Work as an Irrigation Engineer?

 Irrigation engineering jobs require a bachelor’s degree, and a significant portion require a master’s degree, graduate level certificate or a doctoral degree. Irrigation engineering uses principles from both agricultural engineering and civil engineering. Both the Master of Biological Agricultural Engineering program and the graduate level certificate explore the topics necessary for advancement in this career path.

Many professionals find that they are only qualified to do part of the job because they don’t have the credentials required. They get an entry-level job with an undergraduate degree in environmental science or a related degree, work for a few years, and then find they cannot be promoted because the next step requires an engineering degree or an advanced 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.

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Irrigation Engineer Job Opportunities

Find out what irrigation engineering employers are looking for. Explore irrigation engineering job opportunities.

Ready to Get Started?

Divide your time between the office and the great outdoors. Design and execute irrigation solutions. Jumpstart your career by applying to a graduate level biological agricultural engineering certificate or program today.

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