Hydrogeologists monitor, measure, analyse and describe the earth's surface and groundwater resources and many aspects of the water cycle, including human use of water resources.

    A bachelor degree in science majoring in environmental science or a related field (such as geology or hydrology) is needed to work as a Hydrogeologist. Many Hydrogeologists complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Conducts preliminary surveys of mineral, petroleum and natural gas deposits with Prospectors, Mining Engineers, Metallurgists, and other mineral scientists and engineers.
    • Prepares and supervises the production of laboratory reports and scientific papers.
    • Conducts studies of the structure, nature and formation of the earth’s crust and the minerals contained in it.
    • Studies and dates fossils and rock strata to develop knowledge of the evolution and biology of life forms, and to assess their commercial applications.
    • Studies the effects of natural events, such as erosion, sedimentation, earthquakes and volcanic activity, on the formation of the earth’s surface and sea beds.
    • Carries out exploration to determine the resources present by sampling, examining and analysing geological specimens, rock cores, cuttings and samples using optical, chemical, electronic and mechanical techniques.
    • Conducts surveys of variations in the earth’s gravitational and magnetic fields to determine its physical features.
    • Investigates the propagation of seismic waves to determine the structure and stability of the earth’s mantle and crust.
    • Studies the causes of earthquakes and other stress states of the earth’s crust.
    • Performs laboratory and field studies as well as aerial, ground and drill hole surveys.

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    • $2,192 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Hydrogeologists

    • 560 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 27% female Gender Share

    This is an emerging occupation, included in the Australian Census for the first time in 2016

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Hydrogeologists work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Mining.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (82%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 27% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services52.4
    Public Administration and Safety22.7
    Mining16.0
    Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services6.7
    Other Industries2.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateHydrogeologistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW12.731.6
    VIC19.025.6
    QLD18.320.0
    SA10.47.0
    WA34.910.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT1.61.0
    ACT2.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketHydrogeologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-241.2-9.39.3
    25-3427.8-22.922.9
    35-4433.6-22.022.0
    45-5424.7-21.621.6
    55-594.3-9.09.0
    60-644.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationHydrogeologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate59.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree39.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
    Year 121.1-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in science majoring in environmental science or a related field (such as geology or hydrology) is needed to work as a Hydrogeologist. Many Hydrogeologists complete postgraduate studies.

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    Employers look for Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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    1. Engineering and Technology

      80% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    2. Geography

      76% Skill level

      Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

    3. Mathematics

      75% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Chemistry

      70% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

    5. English Language

      70% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    1. Electronic Mail

      96% Important

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    2. Telephone

      92% Important

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    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      88% Important

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      87% Important

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