How to become a hydrologist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You can start by doing a degree in:
- environmental science
- civil engineering
- environmental engineering
- Earth sciences
After finishing your degree, you could go on to complete a postgraduate course. You can find out more about relevant postgraduate courses from the British Hydrological Society.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You can do an environmental practitioner degree apprenticeship before specialising in hydrology.
This typically takes 5 years to complete as a mix of workplace learning and off-the-job study with an approved university.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You could start as an assistant hydrologist if you have a relevant degree. Your employer may encourage you to study for a postgraduate qualification, like a master's or PhD in hydrology, while you're working.
You can get information about hydrology, including work on water pollution, flooding and drought, from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the British Hydrological Society or Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management for industry news, advice on professional development and networking opportunities.