|Quick Facts: Hydrologists|
$84,040 per year
$40.41 per hour
|6% (As fast as average)|
Hydrologists study how water moves across and through the Earth’s crust.
Hydrologists work in offices and in the field. In offices, hydrologists spend much of their time using computers to analyze data and model their findings. In the field, hydrologists may have to wade into lakes and streams to collect samples or to read and inspect monitoring equipment.
Hydrologists need at least a bachelor’s degree for entry-level positions; however, some workers begin their careers with a master’s degree.
The median annual wage for hydrologists was $84,040 in May 2020.
Employment of hydrologists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 700 openings for hydrologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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