Hydrologic Studies involves learning about the properties of water and its maintenance. Hydrologic technicians are vital to the health and sustainability of water resources, providing maintenance and management skills necessary for environmental protection.
Job responsibilities include:
- Managing lakes, rivers and oceans
- Monitoring the quality and quantity of surface and ground water
- Taking samples and flow measurements
- Installing gauges and surveying cross-sections of water ways
Characteristics of a hydrologic technician include having a love of nature and passion for the environment. Many technicians spend a majority of their time working outdoors.
Strong skills are needed in science and math to develop a thorough knowledge of the water cycle, and national and state water standards. Employment is found in organizations such as:
- United States Geological Survey (USGS)
- Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)
- Flood control organizations
- Private consultants
Surprise-GateWay Training Facility
11401 N. 136th Ave.
Surprise, AZ 85374
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators**
Associate in Applied Science in Water Resource Technologies: $6,895*
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