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The field of groundwater science remains a promising career choice for motivated, intelligent students. The Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts that employment for hydrologists and environmental scientists will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. The continued growth of our nation's population makes finding and remediating groundwater supplies an even more pressing issue in the 21st century. Private industry must continue to comply with stricter government regulations, including those related to keeping groundwater safe from contamination. Local, regional, and state authorities need to map, develop, and protect their groundwater supplies. Consultants need the specific expertise that groundwater professionals can offer, for clients both in the United States and abroad. Research is needed to develop new ways to treat contaminated groundwater, to prevent spills or leaks, and to develop systems that will make the most of ground-water supplies. All of this means work for groundwater professionals for the near future.
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