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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
    • Prepare written and oral reports describing research results, using illustrations, maps, appendices, and other information.
    • Design and conduct scientific hydrogeological investigations to ensure that accurate and appropriate information is available for use in water resource management decisions.
    • Measure and graph phenomena such as lake levels, stream flows, and changes in water volumes.
    • Conduct research and communicate information to promote the conservation and preservation of water resources.
    • Coordinate and supervise the work of professional and technical staff, including research assistants, technologists, and technicians.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Prepare hydrogeologic evaluations of known or suspected hazardous waste sites and land treatment and feedlot facilities.
    • 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.
    • Develop or modify methods for conducting hydrologic studies.
    • Review applications for site plans and permits and recommend approval, denial, modification, or further investigative action.
    • Monitor the work of well contractors, exploratory borers, and engineers and enforce rules regarding their activities.
    • 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 properties, origins, and activities of glaciers, ice, snow, and permafrost.
    • Conduct short- and long-term climate assessments and study storm occurrences.
    • Administer programs designed to ensure the proper sealing of abandoned wells.
    • Investigate complaints or conflicts related to the alteration of public waters, gathering information, recommending alternatives, informing participants of progress, and preparing draft orders.
    • Design civil works associated with hydrographic activities and supervise their construction, installation, and maintenance.
    • 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.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    6
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • 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.

    • Physics

      Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

    • 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 $78,390/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $37.69/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 270
    • Yearly Projected Openings 30
    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:
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Achievement/Effort
    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
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.