Groundwater Geologist

A groundwater geologist is commonly called a “hydro” geologist. They specialize in studying water that exists underground – – such as in aquifers. The importance of the research and work that is performed by groundwater geologists is essential to the protection and conservation of one of the world’s most valuable resources. In order to understand the flow and supply of underground water groundwater geologists must conduct research studies and analyze the movement pattern of water that is absorbed into the ground via rain snowfall and absorption. Groundwater geologists are often hired by land developers to determine whether a specific area can support residential construction where future residents may be partially or fully dependent on the supply of underground water. They are also often commissioned by state and federal governmental agencies to measure and record the water levels in aquifers and wells. They often use computer modeling to predict the flow patterns and pathways of underground water and they try to determine whether specific aquifers are sustainable for long periods of time. Because of the extreme concern about the availability of fresh water to the population living on earth the job of groundwater geologists is vital. According to groundwater geologists earn a median salary of $61510 per year and a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a field related to hydrology geology or agricultural engineering is required for this profession.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $61510
High Salary: $71510
Low Salary: $51510
Tasks: Takes samples of groundwater.
Finds new underground water supplies.
Analyzes underground water to determine possible chemical contamination.
Predicts groundwater shortages.
Also Called: Hydrogeologist
Geological Engineer
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