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Hydrologist Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 7,000 Hydrologists in the United States. The Hydrologist job market is expected to grow by 6.9% between 2014 and 2024.

Hydrologist Employability Rating

D Sokanu rates Hydrologists with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 2,600 Hydrologists. That number is based on 500 additional Hydrologists, and the retirement of 2,200 existing Hydrologists.

Demand for Hydrologists

Demand for the services provided by hydrologists will stem from increases in mining, construction, and hydraulic fracturing. The environmental concerns of global climate change and rising sea levels, coupled with flooding in some regions and droughts in others, should also create opportunities in the field. As the world population grows and more human activity changes the natural water cycle, managing water resources will become critical. Population expansion into previously uninhabited areas may increase the risk of flooding and landslides and result in water availability issues for new communities. In addition, there will be a need to comply with complex environmental laws and regulations regarding ground-water decontamination and hazardous waste sites. City planners and construction companies will seek out hydrologists to help them design and construct buildings, transportation corridors, and utilities that protect water resources, prevent geologic hazards, and ensure beneficial land use. All of these factors will require sustainable solutions and therefore positively influence the job outlook for hydrologists. However, as governments are the principal consumers of hydrologic data and information, budget constraints may limit growth. Consequently, employment prospects for hydrologists should be strongest with private-sector scientific and technical consulting firms, and architectural and engineering companies. Job seekers with field experience, computer modeling knowledge, and understanding of both the scientific and engineering aspects of waste remediation are predicted to have the best opportunities. Senior hydrologists may advance to positions as project directors or agency administrators; or they may obtain research grants, join university faculties, or become top-level government or industrial consultants.

Supply of Hydrologists

The Hydrologist industry is concentrated in California, Colorado, and Washington.

Hydrologist Job Market by State

State name Employed Hydrologists
California 730
Colorado 410
Washington 370
Minnesota 350
Texas 340
Arizona 270
Ohio 250
Florida 230
New York 230
New Jersey 220
Oregon 210
North Carolina 200
Idaho 190
Wisconsin 180
New Mexico 150
Pennsylvania 140
Montana 140
Nevada 140
Utah 120
South Carolina 100
Nebraska 90
Michigan 90
Tennessee 90
Missouri 80
Illinois 80
Virginia 70
Alaska 60
New Hampshire 60
North Dakota 60
Massachusetts 50
Maryland 50
Maine 50
Connecticut 40
Oklahoma 40
Indiana 40
Georgia 40
Wyoming 30

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