How to become a hydrologist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You'll need a first degree, and often postgraduate training, to get into hydrology. Degrees include:
- environmental science
- civil engineering
- environmental engineering
- Earth sciences
After finishing your degree, you could complete a postgraduate course. You can find postgraduate courses through 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 could apply for an Environmental Practitioner Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship before specialising in hydrology.
This can take up to 5 years to complete and is a mix of learning on the job and studying at an approved university.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You could start as an assistant hydrologist or technical officer, if you have a degree in a science or environmental subject.
Your employer may encourage you to take a postgraduate qualification while you're working, like a master's degree in hydrology.
The UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology has information about hydrology, including work on water pollution, flooding and drought.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the British Hydrological Society or Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.
This could help you find:
- industry news
- advice on professional development
- networking opportunities
You can learn about different types of hydrology work through the British Hydrological Society.
You can also find out more about being a hydrologist from The Geological Society.