Hydrologist Job Description
Hydrologists study the distribution, movement, and quality of underground and surface water. Hydrologists are often involved in the design of irrigation systems, waste treatment plants, hydroelectric power plants, and flood warning systems.
Some hydrologists work very closely with government officials to help them develop plans for water conservation. They may also work with scientists who study marine animals, and engineers who are designing a dam or reservoir.
Where to study
Degree: BSc majoring in one of the following: Hydrology, Geology, Geography, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Chemistry, Engineering, Statistics, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, And Physics.
Hydrology courses are offered at:
– The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
– Water Boards
– Universities and universities of technology
– Engineering firms
– Self-employment, a skilled and entrepreneurial hydrologist can open a private practice and act as a consultant.