Hydrologists monitor and manage water.

Job overview 

A hydrologist might do some or all of these things:

  • Maintain monitoring networks to record river flows, rainfall, and water levels in rivers, lakes, and groundwater
  • Measure water quality and collect water samples for water quality analysis
  • Investigate patterns of rainfall and other precipitation
  • Study ice, snow, and glaciers
  • Model river flow processes, including water quality
  • ​Investigate how rainfall enters rivers
  • Date or age water resources

Hydrologists come from a range of disciplines, including earth or environmental science, physical geography, and civil and environmental engineering. 

There is no substitute for on-the-job training in hydrology, where you find solutions to real problems. Our programmes will give you the skills to collect, manage, and interpret hydrometric data from a range of field situations.