As a hydrologist, you will involve in researches about water and water flow across and through the earth's crust.
A hydrologist is a scientist who solves problems concerning quality and availability of water. They study the water cycle and research the properties of underground and surface waters. They also analyse the effects of the surrounding environment on water and water flow, and work with other environmental scientists to develop water conservation plans.
Studying Science stream with preferably Geography as a major subject at the 10+2 level and securing a minimum score in these subjects would be a prerequisite for admission into bachelor degrees in Hydrology.
The undergraduate level course offered in this area is BSc. Hydrology and it is not a very popular course in India. You can either go for a B.Sc. in Hydrology in a foreign university or do B.Sc. in Geology/Earth Sciences at the UG level and then go for a hydrology specialisation at the master’s level. The duration of BSc degrees are usually three years.
After completing the UG degree, you can pursue an MSc. in Hydrology in India or abroad. The duration of the master level courses are usually two years.
After pursuing master’s, you can go for a PhD or MPhil to increase your chances of a better career in the academia.
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A hydrologist must possess strong technical knowledge in their field of work, such as applying scientific knowledge and mathematical principles to solve water-related problems.
A hydrologist requires strong oral and verbal communication skills as they will have to prepare reports, provide feedbacks, and deal with enquiries from external bodies and individuals.
A hydrologist must choose a methodical approach towards their work in order to properly complete tasks by setting priorities.
A hydrologist should have a proper knowledge on how to apply logical/scientific reasoning to arrive at a possible solution and they should be familiar with different scientific methods and other tools that hydrologists have to use in their work.
Hydrologists are required to focus for hours on large amounts of data. During the process, they will have to compile information, analyse them, anticipate changes and find answers to problems.