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Hydrology Career

  1. Sep 14, 2010 #1

    I'm 25 years old with a wife and two sons. I've spent the last two years after graduation teaching at an academy in Taipei, Taiwan. While over there I decided I no longer wanted to teach English and that I wanted to get into hydrology.

    Why hydrology? Several reasons. I used to work for my father-in-law's water bottling company, which probably got me interested in water. Reading about Viktor Schauberger furthered my interest. Also, finding out via the BLS website that hydrology jobs should grow pretty well in the next decade... helped. I know these might seem like odd reasons for becoming interested in hydrology, but reasons are reasons!

    I already have a BA but I'm not exactly sure what the best path is towards hydrology. My current plan is to pursue a BS in Civil Engineering, because I've read that civil engineers can do hydrology work, and a second BS in Applied Mathematics. I also plan to pepper these two degrees with some GIS and geology classes.

    So how does my plan sound? Are there any hydrologists here that could give me some pointers? Should I skip engineering, focus on the math and perhaps geography, and then go for a graduate program in hydrology?

    At the moment I'm specifically interested in surface hydrology, and I would enjoy a career where I could help people find and use clean water, protect people from water-based environmental disasters, and protect water from contamination and pollution.

    I understand I'll be spending the next five years or so in school. This is not a problem--I only mentioned my wife and two sons above for context ; I will be able to provide for them while pursuing my hydrology goals.

    I appreciate any help I can get.
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  3. Sep 15, 2010 #2
    I failed to mention that my BA is in English, so I'll be pursuing hydrology with no background in the sciences or engineering.
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