Groundwater Professionals

Hydrologist Tests Water for Gas Content

Groundwater professionals are different types of scientists and engineers concerned with water supplies beneath the earth's surface. For example, they search for new water sources and ensure a safe water supply. According to the National Ground Water Association, 67.2 percent of groundwater is used for irrigation, 23 percent for human consumption, 4.02 percent for livestock/aquaculture, 3.86 percent for industrial applications, and 1.92 percent for other purposes. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Hydrogeologists, Hydrologists
Duties Study water supplies; test the quantity, quality, and availability of underground water; and strive to find ways to protect and preserve water resources
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship or co-op experience useful
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Consultant or Manager
  • Groundwater Professional
  • Groundwater Technician