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PROFESSOR, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, IN-DEPTH: I'm Either Doing What I Love Or Talking About What I Love

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Calla, an Assistant Professor who teaches Environmental Science and conducts research in hydrology, describes what she loves most about her job and its challenges. She gets to spend all day on issues she cares about. This is her first year teaching - she loves it, but it's challenging learning a new craft.

Degree: Biology - Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences
Job Title: Assistant Professor

Job Summary: Hydrologists

Job Description

Hydrologists study water and the water cycle. They study the movement, distribution, and other properties of water, and they analyze how these influence the surrounding environment. They use their expertise to solve problems concerning water quality and availability, for example.

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Additional Info

In some states, hydrologists need a license to practice. Requirements vary by state, but they typically include minimum education and experience requirements and passing an exam.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$50,000 - $115,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Physically demanding, Travel, Indoor, Office, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, Likes working with hands, Mathematical skills

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