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Hydrologic Technician

Provide lab assistance in water-related research projects.

What does a Hydrologic Technician do?

A Hydrologic Technician assists in the research, design, and implementation of systems that harness, utilize, conserve, and protect water resources. Because water is the building block of life — it covers approximately 72 percent of the earth and makes up approximately 60 percent of the human body — that makes the Hydrologic Technician kind of like nature’s Architect.

As a Hydrologic Technician, you work with Hydrologists, Engineers, and Hydrogeologists on projects that support hydrology — the study of water, including its composition, distribution, and environmental impact. More specifically, you help plan and execute water research projects related to scientific and environmental issues such as drought, flood control, irrigation, hydroelectric power, and groundwater contamination, just to name a few.

Employed most often by universities, governments, nonprofits, research laboratories, and engineering firms, you’re basically the hands of the hydrology profession, conducting ground-level research tasks on behalf of the Hydrologist you work for. For instance, you calibrate and repair instruments, and collect surface and ground water samples for chemical and biological analysis. You also drill wells and survey land. In addition, you keep records, and use computers to enter, process, and analyze data.

If it had to be summed up succinctly, your role as a Hydrologic Technician is “quality control.” Although Hydrologists design and conduct the actual research, they rely on you to make sure they’re using the proper procedures and collecting uniform, reliable samples — which basically makes you the “Research Cop ” of the water world!