In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Working with scientists and engineers to explore, monitor, and utilize natural resources such as natural gas and water.
- Setting up and maintaining lab and field equipment, gathering and analyzing samples, and preparing reports on findings and maps of areas with natural resources.
- Using complex scientific instruments both in the field and in the lab.
Typically requires at least an associate degree, but some employers require a bachelor’s degree. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology would allow you to work as an Engineering Technologist, if you do not already have the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree in engineering would allow you to work as an Environmental Engineer, Mining and Geological Engineer, or Petroleum Engineer. Your associate degree might give you advanced standing or transfer credit toward a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time it would take you to graduate.
If you already have the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree, obtaining a master’s degree can make you eligible for careers with greater responsibility and higher salaries in this pathway.
Certifications are not required, but could make employers more likely to hire you or offer you a higher salary.
You may be eligible for Hydrologic Technician certification from the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH), which is offered at three different levels requiring 1, 5, or 12 years of related work experience.
No licensure is required to work as a Geological or Hydrologic Technician.