Hydrographers measure, analyse and maintain the flow and quality of water in rivers, lakes, stormwater and sewage, and survey and map oceans, seas and rivers.

    You usually need a formal qualification in hydrography, geomatics or a related field to work as a Hydrographer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Hydrographers.

    Tasks

    • Prepares technical documentation and drawings for hydrographic survey solutions.
    • Performs routine mathematical calculations and computations of measurements for surveying and charting bodies of water.
    • Checks, calibrates and maintains surveying, sonar, navigational and other hydrography equipment.
    • Collects surveying data using computer systems, echo sounders, sonar, GPS and other navigation systems.
    • Conducts fieldwork by collecting water bed samples and aquatic life for laboratory experiments, tests and analyses.
    • Prepares maps, charts, sketches, diagrams and reports on the currents and compositions of water bodies.

    All Science Technicians

    • $1,500 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Hydrographers

    • 590 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 16% 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: Hydrographers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 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: 16% 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)
    Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services39.5
    Public Administration and Safety32.3
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services17.4
    Construction5.3
    Other Industries5.5

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateHydrographersAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.731.6
    VIC21.125.6
    QLD25.620.0
    SA5.67.0
    WA9.510.8
    TAS3.62.0
    NT2.91.0
    ACT3.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketHydrographersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.0-5.05.0
    20-246.1-9.39.3
    25-3429.0-22.922.9
    35-4424.7-22.022.0
    45-5419.7-21.621.6
    55-599.5-9.09.0
    60-647.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.4-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: 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 QualificationHydrographersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree33.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma23.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV20.9-21.121.1
    Year 1212.7-18.118.1
    Year 110.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.4-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in hydrography, geomatics or a related field to work as a Hydrographer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Hydrographers.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • hydrographic certification with the Australasian Hydrographic Surveyors Certification Panel through the Spatial Sciences Institute

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    Employers look for Science Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Engineering and technology

      82% Skill level

      Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    2. Mathematics

      77% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. Technical design

      72% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    4. Geography

      72% 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.

    5. Customer and personal service

      68% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic mail

      100% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Telephone

      96% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      93% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Being exact or accurate

      83% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    5. Teamwork

      83% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

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