Hydrogeology deals with distribution and movement of groundwater in the soil and rocks of the earth’s crust. Hydrogeologists usually support technical staff on environmental projects, and their tasks consist of engineering design support, flow and transport modeling support, 3-D hydrogeology visualization, GIS analysis, data entry, and database analysis. These positions usually include field work, and hydrogeologists are often exposed to outdoor elements such as dirt, dust, and inclement weather.
Hydrogeologists perform prediction of future behavior of aquifer systems based on their data analysis. They are involved with making decisions about aquifer subdivisions, rivers, and irrigation for farming and other uses. Some of their work also is related to environmental concerns; residential and commercial septic systems are also within expertise of hydrogeologists. Many hydrogeologists are employed in the construction field.
Hydrogeologists usually hold bachelor's degrees in hydrogeology, environmental engineering, environmental sciences, or a related field. Candidates for these positions usually possess a master's degree in a related field as well. Experience with AutoCAD, EVS/MVS, and other 3-D visualization software is required. Good communication skills are necessary, as hydrogeologists have to submit their findings to other parties within the organization. Prospective employees often must submit to background checks, especially if they are being hired by local, state, or federal government entities.
- Know, interpret and meet regulations, laws, and standards.
- Manage projects, visiting sites, and guiding staff.
- Assess sites and create project plans for remediation or use of site to meet organization goals.
- Model and test plans, create technical reports, and forecast costs.