Hydrogeologists

ANZSCO ID 234413

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
560
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
82%
Female Share
27%
Average age
40

Summary

Hydrogeologists monitor, measure, analyse and describe the earth's surface and groundwater resources and many aspects of the water cycle, including human use of water resources.

Tasks

  • Conducts preliminary surveys of mineral, petroleum and natural gas deposits with Prospectors, Mining Engineers, Metallurgists, and other mineral scientists and engineers.

  • Prepares and supervises the production of laboratory reports and scientific papers.

  • Conducts studies of the structure, nature and formation of the earth’s crust and the minerals contained in it.

  • Studies and dates fossils and rock strata to develop knowledge of the evolution and biology of life forms, and to assess their commercial applications.

  • Studies the effects of natural events, such as erosion, sedimentation, earthquakes and volcanic activity, on the formation of the earth’s surface and sea beds.

  • Carries out exploration to determine the resources present by sampling, examining and analysing geological specimens, rock cores, cuttings and samples using optical, chemical, electronic and mechanical techniques.

  • Conducts surveys of variations in the earth’s gravitational and magnetic fields to determine its physical features.

  • Investigates the propagation of seismic waves to determine the structure and stability of the earth’s mantle and crust.

  • Studies the causes of earthquakes and other stress states of the earth’s crust.

  • Performs laboratory and field studies as well as aerial, ground and drill hole surveys.

Characteristics

Job Type
Professionals
Skill Level
Very high skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • University
Interests
  • Practical
  • Analytical
Physical Demand
  • Light
  • Medium
  • Heavy

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 82% of people employed as Hydrogeologists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 16 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
50.1%
2
Public Administration and Safety
21.7%
3
Mining
15.3%
4
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
6.4%
5
Other industries
2.1%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

12.7% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

19.0% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

18.3% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

10.4% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

34.9% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.1% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

1.6% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

2.1% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Hydrogeologists All Jobs Average
NSW 12.7 31.6
VIC 19.0 25.6
QLD 18.3 20.0
SA 10.4 7.0
WA 34.9 10.8
TAS 1.1 2.0
NT 1.6 1.0
ACT 2.1 1.9


  • Around 86% of Hydrogeologists live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.

    Western Australia and South Australia have a large share of employment relative to their population size.

    The region with the largest share of workers is Perth - North West.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
40
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
27%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Hydrogeologists is 40 years. This is the same as the all jobs average.

    A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.

    Females make up 27% of the workforce. This is 21 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Hydrogeologists All Jobs Average
15-19 0.0 5.0
20-24 1.2 9.3
25-34 27.8 22.9
35-44 33.6 22.0
45-54 24.7 21.6
55-59 4.3 9.0
60-64 4.4 6.0
65 and Over 3.9 4.2
Median Age 40 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

A bachelor degree in science majoring in environmental science or a related field (such as geology or hydrology) is needed to work as a Hydrogeologist. Many workers have a postgraduate qualification.

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Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of Qualification Hydrogeologists All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 59.0 10.1
Bachelor degree 39.4 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 0.5 11.6
Certificate III/IV 0.0 21.1
Year 12 1.1 18.1
Year 11 0.0 4.8
Year 10 and below 0.0 12.5

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 64%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 63%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 61%

    Mathematics

    Using maths to solve problems.

  • 61%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 59%

    Science

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  • 59%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 59%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 59%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 59%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 57%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 55%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 52%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 52%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 50%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 50%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  • 50%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 48%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 48%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 45%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 43%

    Quality control analysis

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 80%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 76%

    Geography

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  • 75%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 70%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 70%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 70%

    Physics

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  • 70%

    Biology

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  • 69%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 68%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 65%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 64%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 60%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 56%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 53%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 53%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 50%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 50%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 46%

    Building and construction

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  • 43%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 37%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 70%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 66%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 66%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 66%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 64%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 64%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 63%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 61%

    Mathematics

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  • 59%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 57%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 57%

    Originality

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  • 55%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 55%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 55%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 55%

    Working with numbers

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  • 50%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 46%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 46%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 45%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  • 45%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 82%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 81%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 77%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 76%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 76%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 76%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 75%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 75%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 75%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 73%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 73%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 72%

    Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  • 70%

    Giving expert advice

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  • 70%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  • 70%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 67%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 66%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 64%

    Coordinating the work of a team

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  • 63%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 58%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 76%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 43%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 43%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 38%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 19%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 76%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 74%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 62%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 57%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 43%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  • 33%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 96%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 92%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 88%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 87%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 85%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 81%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 78%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 78%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 78%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 73%

    Spend time sitting

    Spend time sitting at work.

  • 72%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 72%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 70%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 68%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  • 68%

    In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  • 68%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 68%

    Outdoors, exposed to weather

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  • 67%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 65%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 64%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2043.00 - Hydrologists.


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