Groundwater Professionals

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
Skills
  • 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