Hydrologist / hydrographer​

A hydrologist/hydrographer studies the quality and movement of the water system including the quality of safe drinking water, and designs drought management plans. They may work closely with industrial and agricultural runoff water use to determine the long term effects on the environment.

Where hydrologists/hydrographers are employed

Hydrologists/hydrographers work for government departments, statutory authorities, and consulting firms in hydrography, hydrology, environmental science or environmental engineering. Competition for entry-level positions is very strong. The number of assistant or trainee positions that are available varies each year.

"There are so many things people can do to save the environment, hydrological studies is one of them. Hydrology offers a variety of interesting and challenging career choices"
- Mahdi Montazeri, Hydrologist.

How to become one

To become a hydrologist/hydrographer you usually have to complete a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in water operations. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education. 

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Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree with a major in environmental science, hydrology, water science or natural resources.

South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, earth and environmental science, biology, chemistry and physics are normally required. 

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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