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Research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters and study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.

Work Activities
  • Design and conduct scientific hydrogeological investigations to ensure that accurate and appropriate information is available for use in water resource management decisions.
  • Prepare written and oral reports describing research results, using illustrations, maps, appendices, and other information.
  • Study and document quantities, distribution, disposition, and development of underground and surface waters.
  • Install, maintain, and calibrate instruments such as those that monitor water levels, rainfall, and sediments.
  • Prepare hydrogeologic evaluations of known or suspected hazardous waste sites and land treatment and feedlot facilities.
  • Study public water supply issues, including flood and drought risks, water quality, wastewater, and impacts on wetland habitats.
  • Apply research findings to help minimize the environmental impacts of pollution, waterborne diseases, erosion, and sedimentation.
  • Conduct research and communicate information to promote the conservation and preservation of water resources.
  • Evaluate research data in terms of its impact on issues such as soil and water conservation, flood control planning, and water supply forecasting.
  • Collect and analyze water samples as part of field investigations or to validate data from automatic monitors.
  • Evaluate data and provide recommendations regarding the feasibility of municipal projects, such as hydroelectric power plants, irrigation systems, flood warning systems, and waste treatment facilities.
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of professional and technical staff, including research assistants, technologists, and technicians.
  • Measure and graph phenomena such as lake levels, stream flows, and changes in water volumes.
  • Develop computer models for hydrologic predictions.
  • Study and analyze the physical aspects of the earth in terms of hydrological components, including atmosphere, hydrosphere, and interior structure.
  • Review applications for site plans and permits and recommend approval, denial, modification, or further investigative action.
  • Develop or modify methods for conducting hydrologic studies.
  • Answer questions and provide technical assistance and information to contractors or the public regarding issues such as well drilling, code requirements, hydrology, and geology.
  • Investigate complaints or conflicts related to the alteration of public waters, gathering information, recommending alternatives, informing participants of progress, and preparing draft orders.
  • Monitor the work of well contractors, exploratory borers, and engineers and enforce rules regarding their activities.
  • Design civil works associated with hydrographic activities and supervise their construction, installation, and maintenance.
  • Conduct short- and long-term climate assessments and study storm occurrences.
  • Administer programs designed to ensure the proper sealing of abandoned wells.
  • Investigate properties, origins, and activities of glaciers, ice, snow, and permafrost.
  • Compile and evaluate hydrologic information to prepare navigational charts and maps and to predict atmospheric conditions.
Skills
  • Critical Thinking

    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

  • Reading Comprehension

    Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

  • Science

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
6
Reading for Information
6
Locating Information
5
Abilities
  • Inductive Reasoning

    The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

  • Mathematical Reasoning

    The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

  • Written Comprehension

    The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Knowledge
  • Mathematics

    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

  • English Language

    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • Engineering and Technology

    Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Pay
  • Ohio Annual Salary $78,260/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $37.63/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 270
  • Yearly Projected Openings 10
Typical Education
Personality
Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation
Tools
  • Water samplers
  • Water analyzers
  • Soil core sampling apparatus
  • Pressure sensors
  • Open stream current meters
Technology
  • Map creation software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Analytical or scientific software
Tags
  • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.