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19-2043 Hydrologists

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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota  8      

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services50$50.50/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/A0.0%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Central Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/A$38.88/hr0.0%
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/A12.2%
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State 10$41.06/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 20$38.88/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 30$41.02/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 200$40.26/hr-1.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 210$40.26/hrN/A
Minnesota 300$40.26/hr-0.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 160$31.29/hr5.2%
Physical Scientists, All Other 580N/AN/A
Soil and Plant Scientists 490$31.56/hr2.1%

  • 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.
  • Evaluate research data in terms of its impact on issues such as soil and water conservation, flood control planning, and water supply forecasting.
  • Conduct research and communicate information to promote the conservation and preservation of water resources.
  • Study public water supply issues, including flood and drought risks, water quality, wastewater, and impacts on wetland habitats.
  • Prepare written and oral reports describing research results, using illustrations, maps, appendices, and other information.
  • 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.
  • Prepare hydrogeologic evaluations of known or suspected hazardous waste sites and land treatment and feedlot facilities.
  • Collect and analyze water samples as part of field investigations or to validate data from automatic monitors.
  • Study and document quantities, distribution, disposition, and development of underground and surface waters.