Geologists, environmental scientists and hydrologists study streams, rivers and ground water systems to solve problems related to water pollution, water availability and storage, and flooding. These jobs can involve both laboratory and field work and deploy both field measurements and computer modeling to make predictions about water systems. Common employment options include private companies as well as state and federal governmental agencies. As water availability changes in response to climate change, geologic expertise in water systems is becoming even more marketable and job growth is higher than the national average.
- Most entry-level positions require only a bachelor's degree, but advancement usually requires some graduate school.