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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
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 20054$42.24/hr$28.15/hr$33.56/hr$40.04/hr$46.33/hr$55.06/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services10$68.80/hr
Public Administration270$40.04/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
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
Central Minnesota 10$42.99/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 10$37.99/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 20$37.30/hr0.0%
Southwest Minnesota 20$35.96/hr0.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 20$37.73/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 30$40.31/hr12.2%
Northwest Balance of State 30$40.31/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 200$40.04/hr-1.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 200$40.04/hrN/A
Minnesota 280$40.04/hr-0.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 150$34.31/hr5.2%
Physical Scientists, All Other 670$88.44/hrN/A
Soil and Plant Scientists 520$30.97/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.