Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 4011$38.44/hr$27.76/hr$29.83/hr$36.87/hr$42.68/hr$56.59/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services30$53.55/hr
Public Administration270$36.88/hr
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Central Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/A15.8%
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 10$36.88/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 10$35.62/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 20$36.88/hr12.1%
Northwest Minnesota 40$36.87/hr6.7%
Northwest Balance of State 40$36.87/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 210$38.27/hr4.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 210$38.27/hrN/A
Minnesota 300$38.26/hr7.3%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 230$38.63/hr12.7%
Soil and Plant Scientists 650$33.19/hr14.3%
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 1,800$36.18/hr13.7%


  • 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.
  • Apply research findings to help minimize the environmental impacts of pollution, waterborne diseases, erosion, and sedimentation.