Hydrologists (19-2043)

Occupation description:  Research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 7375 2.70 23
United States 7,0007,500 6.950 220260

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 40.2624.3330.38 38.6948.1757.74
Alaska 43.3131.1836.18 40.5246.5252.81
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 46.5431.8936.23 42.3648.8761.63

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
254 16.057.1 47.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation4
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation0
UI claimants previously working in occupation0
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 19
Number of job position postings 1
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 19.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Earth Science BA
Geology MS
Geology PHD
Geoscience BS
Oceanography MS
Oceanography PHD