8. Water Resource Specialist
$136,570 AVG. SALARY
1.2% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
A water resource specialist or hydrologist job description would be an expert in the field of hydrology and water resource technologies. They work to study specific issues related to the management of water in the community. While drinking water is the conspicuous area of concentration, things like water runoff, water tables, and even local freshwater conservation may be included in the realm of responsibility of a water resource specialist.
Water Resource Specialists are responsible for directing programs to protect water resources and the public’s health. They are employed primarily at the county level in state health departments. Water Resource Specialists may focus on regulating drinking water supplies or responding to water supply emergencies. Common assignments include developing and implementing water quality monitoring plans, providing technical assistance, and providing hydrologic expertise to other county departments. They conduct public water supply inspections to determine compliance with the Public Health Law and the State Sanitary Codes. Water Resource Specialists often work closely with State Health staff to solve drinking water problems.
Minimum qualifications required for the water resource specialist include a bachelor’s degree in engineering, geology, and a degree in hydrology or other related field. At least 40 semester credit hours in hydrology, geoscience, chemistry, engineering or water resource courses are required. In addition, two years of related post baccalaureate experience as an engineer, hydrologist, or geologist is required. Usually, employers will also require completion of at least two to five years of work experience in the field in order to better refine and develop skills. Some employers may actually require a master’s degree, though a bachelor’s is usually enough to gain entry into the profession.
- University of Southern California
- Southern New Hampshire University
- South University, Online Programs
Top Paying states for Hydrologists
New York – Avg. salary $67,000
Massachusetts – Avg. salary $65,000
DC – Avg. salary $66,000
Connecticut – Avg. salary $63,000
Georgia – Avg. salary $63,000