- maths knowledge
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- analytical thinking skills
- knowledge of geography
- science skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of physics
- excellent written communication skills
- thinking and reasoning skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- measuring river flows and the amount of water above and below ground
- investigating the causes and impact of flooding and drought
- modelling rainfall patterns under different climate conditions
- studying snowfall, glaciers and ice formation
- analysing water samples for chemicals and pollutants
- assessing water use in agriculture and industry
- working on engineering projects like dams, drainage and flood defences
- advising policy makers on sustainable water use
- collecting data from flood events to improve forecasting and risk management
You could work in an office, in a laboratory or in the countryside.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.
You could become a senior hydrologist, co-ordinating a team of researchers, hydrologists and engineers.
You might also work as a consultant, advising government departments and businesses on sustainable water use, civil hydro-engineering projects or flood risk management.