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WATER RESOURCES ENGINEER: Examines The Impact Of Vegetation On Rivers

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Kevin is a 4th-year Ph.D. candidate who is studying the impact of vegetation on rivers, how sediment transports, and riverbeds change over time. He started in Civil Engineering and then realized that he wanted to focus more on water than roads or transportation. He advises: be open to many possibilities and reach out to professionals who have greater knowledge and experience.

Degree: Civil Engineering
Job Title: Water Resources Engineer

Job Summary: Environmental Engineers

Job Description

Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and control of water and air pollution.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

At some colleges and universities, a student can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s and a master's degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some colleges and universities or to do research and development.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

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Average salary
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$50,000 - $120,000
Projected job growth
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20 to 30 percent
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Full-time
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Office, Outdoor, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, Mathematical skills

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Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='15030'>geomorphology.</span> <span m='16520'>So what</span> <span m='16660'>I</span> <span m='16720'>do</span> <span m='16890'>is</span> <span m='17000'>I</span> <span m='17050'>look</span> <span m='17290'>at</span> <span m='17420'>the</span> <span m='17490'>impact</span> <span m='17990'>of</span> <span m='18240'>vegetation</span> <span m='18980'>on</span> <span m='19350'>rivers</span> <span m='19820'>and how</span> <span m='20890'>sediment</span> <span m='21210'>transports</span> <span m='21920'>in</span> <span m='22050'>rivers.</span> <span m='22520'>And</span> <span m='22730'>how</span> <span m='23610'>the</span> <span m='24190'>riverbed</span> <span m='24690'>may</span> <span m='24850'>change</span> <span m='25450'>over</span> <span m='25670'>time.</span> <span m='26896'>And</span> <span m='27240'>especially</span> <span m='27710'>over</span> <span m='27950'>the</span> <span m='28060'>scales</span> <span m='28450'>of</span> <span m='29350'>unsteady</span> <span m='29655'>flow</span> <span m='29960'>conditions.</span> <span m='31500'>So a</span> <span m='31700'>typical</span> <span m='31990'>day</span> <span m='32130'>for</span> <span m='32240'>me</span> <span m='32650'>when</span> <span m='32850'>I'm</span> <span m='32960'>running</span> <span m='33150'>my</span> <span m='33270'>experiments,</span> <span m='33780'>which</span> <span m='33970'>thankfully</span> <span m='34310'>are</span> <span m='34380'>done,</span> <span m='35285'>would be</span> <span m='35740'>to</span> <span m='35830'>run</span> <span m='36010'>the</span> <span m='36080'>experiment.</span> <span m='36630'>And</span> <span m='36740'>then</span> <span m='36890'>basically</span> <span m='37290'>a</span> <span m='37350'>whole</span> <span m='37550'>day</span> <span m='37810'>of</span> <span m='38010'>data</span> <span m='38260'>analysis</span> <span m='39270'>and</span> <span m='39410'>collection,</span> <span m='40450'>data</span> <span m='40660'>entry.</span> </p><p><span m='42540'>So</span> <span m='42660'>now that</span> <span m='42830'>I'm</span> <span m='42950'>kind</span> <span m='43110'>of</span> <span m='43160'>past</span> <span m='43450'>the</span> <span m='43590'>experimental</span> <span m='44100'>point</span> <span m='44400'>in</span> <span m='44700'>the</span> <span m='45080'>data</span> <span m='46030'>collection.</span> <span m='46520'>I'm</span> <span m='46840'>now</span> <span m='47030'>analyzing</span> <span m='47530'>it</span> <span m='48545'>and</span> <span m='48980'>basically trying</span> <span m='49415'>to</span> <span m='49850'>figure</span> <span m='50160'>out</span> <span m='50250'>what</span> <span m='50370'>it</span> <span m='50430'>all</span> <span m='50580'>means.</span> <span m='51170'>And</span> <span m='51490'>that's</span> <span m='51700'>really</span> <span m='52000'>what</span> <span m='52300'>I</span> <span m='52360'>think</span> <span m='53300'>people</span> <span m='53570'>in</span> <span m='53610'>my</span> <span m='53730'>field</span> <span m='53940'>especially,</span> <span m='55135'>who do</span> <span m='55630'>experimental</span> <span m='56080'>work,</span> <span m='56290'>that's</span> <span m='56530'>really</span> <span m='56750'>what</span> <span m='56910'>you're</span> <span m='56990'>trying</span> <span m='57230'>to do.</span> <span m='57270'>Is</span> <span m='58860'>address</span> <span m='59230'>these</span> <span m='59420'>questions</span> <span m='59960'>that</span> <span m='60080'>you</span> <span m='60170'>have</span> <span m='60720'>about a</span> <span m='60960'>physical</span> <span m='61280'>system,</span> <span m='62190'>use</span> <span m='62440'>data</span> <span m='62850'>to</span> <span m='63490'>try</span> <span m='63620'>to</span> <span m='63710'>tell</span> <span m='63840'>you</span> <span m='63970'>what's</span> <span m='64209'>happening.</span> <span m='64650'>So</span> <span m='64760'>we</span> <span m='64849'>can</span> <span m='64989'>get</span> <span m='65150'>better</span> <span m='65430'>idea</span> <span m='66210'>of</span> <span m='66420'>how the</span> <span m='66810'>physical</span> <span m='67100'>systems,</span> <span m='68300'>in</span> <span m='68400'>my</span> <span m='68530'>case</span> <span m='68740'>rivers,</span> <span m='69700'>actually</span> <span m='70020'>behave in</span> <span m='70340'>nature.</span> </p><p><span m='71710'>So in</span> <span m='71980'>college</span> <span m='72360'>I</span> <span m='72420'>was</span> <span m='72620'>a</span> <span m='72700'>civil</span> <span m='73040'>engineering</span> <span m='73400'>major.</span> <span m='73900'>And</span> <span m='74830'>towards</span> <span m='75070'>the</span> <span m='75220'>end</span> <span m='75580'>of</span> <span m='75740'>the</span> <span m='75830'>curriculum,</span> <span m='76310'>I</span> <span m='76660'>kind</span> <span m='76950'>of</span> <span m='77070'>started</span> <span m='77430'>to</span> <span m='77590'>shift</span> <span m='77890'>my</span> <span m='78010'>focus</span> <span m='78340'>towards</span> <span m='78570'>water</span> <span m='78780'>resources</span> <span m='79240'>engineering.</span> <span m='80000'>Because I</span> <span m='80190'>thought that</span> <span m='80320'>was</span> <span m='80500'>more</span> <span m='80690'>interesting</span> <span m='81250'>than</span> <span m='81410'>the</span> <span m='81510'>typical</span> <span m='82530'>civil</span> <span m='82790'>engineering</span> <span m='83150'>fields</span> <span m='83420'>that you</span> <span m='83500'>hear</span> <span m='83770'>about--</span> <span m='85100'>structural</span> <span m='85470'>engineering,</span> <span m='86030'>roads,</span> <span m='86430'>transportation,</span> <span m='87090'>those</span> <span m='87500'>sorts</span> <span m='87760'>of</span> <span m='87810'>things.</span> <span m='88580'>So I</span> <span m='88680'>knew I</span> <span m='88850'>liked</span> <span m='89050'>water.</span> <span m='89760'>And</span> <span m='90030'>then</span> <span m='90120'>when</span> <span m='90220'>I</span> <span m='90260'>graduated</span> <span m='90710'>I</span> <span m='90750'>worked</span> <span m='90980'>for</span> <span m='91090'>three</span> <span m='91330'>years</span> <span m='91860'>in the</span> <span m='92240'>civil engineering</span> <span m='92700'>industry.</span> <span m='93680'>At first</span> <span m='94090'>doing</span> <span m='94370'>site</span> <span m='94600'>development</span> <span m='95020'>work,</span> <span m='96520'>and</span> <span m='96650'>then</span> <span m='97810'>I</span> <span m='97910'>started</span> <span m='98140'>to</span> <span m='98190'>specialize</span> <span m='98620'>more</span> <span m='98850'>in</span> <span m='98920'>water</span> <span m='99110'>resources.</span> <span m='99670'>And</span> <span m='99880'>worked</span> <span m='100180'>on</span> <span m='100630'>rivers,</span> <span m='101360'>in</span> <span m='101530'>particular</span> <span m='102020'>doing</span> <span m='102340'>flood</span> <span m='102570'>studies</span> <span m='103530'>for FEMA.</span> <span m='104080'>So</span> <span m='104220'>a</span> <span m='104300'>lot</span> <span m='104490'>of</span> <span m='104930'>river</span> <span m='105160'>modeling,</span> <span m='106800'>floodplain</span> <span m='107220'>mapping,</span> <span m='107620'>and</span> <span m='107940'>stuff</span> <span m='108180'>like</span> <span m='108320'>that.</span> <span m='108520'>And that's</span> <span m='108720'>kind</span> <span m='108860'>of</span> <span m='108900'>what</span> <span m='109030'>led</span> <span m='109220'>me</span> <span m='109450'>to</span> <span m='109670'>pursue</span> <span m='111550'>my</span> <span m='111690'>Ph.D.</span> <span m='112420'>in</span> <span m='112720'>water</span> <span m='112890'>resources</span> <span m='113330'>engineering.</span> </p><p><span m='113900'>If</span> <span m='114380'>you're</span> <span m='114470'>interested</span> <span m='114850'>in</span> <span m='114890'>this</span> <span m='115030'>field,</span> <span m='115370'>I</span> <span m='115480'>recommend</span> <span m='116080'>just</span> <span m='116300'>being</span> <span m='116530'>open</span> <span m='117640'>to</span> <span m='118250'>really</span> <span m='118620'>any</span> <span m='118800'>kind</span> <span m='118920'>of</span> <span m='118980'>different</span> <span m='119250'>possibilities.</span> <span m='120030'>And</span> <span m='120520'>reach</span> <span m='120770'>out</span> <span m='120910'>to</span> <span m='120980'>people</span> <span m='121290'>that</span> <span m='121390'>may</span> <span m='122060'>have</span> <span m='122160'>more</span> <span m='122330'>knowledge</span> <span m='123220'>of</span> <span m='123360'>opportunities</span> <span m='123940'>for</span> <span m='124040'>you.</span> <span m='125360'>So</span> <span m='125570'>anecdotally</span> <span m='126220'>I</span> <span m='126270'>remember</span> <span m='126560'>in</span> <span m='126620'>college</span> <span m='127030'>I</span> <span m='127050'>was</span> <span m='127190'>kind</span> <span m='127350'>of</span> <span m='127430'>opposed</span> <span m='127880'>to</span> <span m='128300'>doing</span> <span m='128539'>research.</span> <span m='129864'>And a</span> <span m='130220'>professor I was</span> <span m='130720'>very</span> <span m='130889'>close</span> <span m='131150'>with</span> <span m='131300'>kept</span> <span m='131560'>trying</span> <span m='131760'>to</span> <span m='131820'>push</span> <span m='132070'>me</span> <span m='132190'>into</span> <span m='132410'>it.</span> <span m='133010'>And</span> <span m='133200'>here</span> <span m='133390'>I am</span> <span m='134410'>how</span> <span m='134510'>many</span> <span m='134660'>years</span> <span m='134870'>later,</span> <span m='135220'>and</span> <span m='135300'>I'm</span> <span m='135640'>doing</span> <span m='135870'>research.</span> <span m='136680'>And</span> <span m='136860'>so</span> <span m='136940'>I</span> <span m='137320'>guess</span> <span m='137540'>I</span> <span m='137590'>kind</span> <span m='137780'>of</span> <span m='137850'>wish</span> <span m='138090'>maybe</span> <span m='138360'>I</span> <span m='138460'>had</span> <span m='138890'>a</span> <span m='139250'>been a</span> <span m='139520'>little</span> <span m='139740'>bit</span> <span m='139850'>more</span> <span m='140040'>open</span> <span m='140290'>to</span> <span m='140370'>the</span> <span m='140460'>possibility</span> <span m='141710'>when</span> <span m='141870'>I</span> <span m='141900'>was</span> <span m='142130'>in</span> <span m='142270'>college,</span> <span m='142690'>a little</span> <span m='142810'>bit</span> <span m='142910'>younger.</span> <span m='144050'>But</span> <span m='144430'>I</span> <span m='144770'>think</span> <span m='145140'>just the</span> <span m='145270'>advice</span> <span m='145550'>I</span> <span m='145600'>would</span> <span m='145740'>give</span> <span m='147160'>would</span> <span m='147290'>be</span> <span m='147500'>just</span> <span m='147780'>be</span> <span m='147920'>open</span> <span m='148400'>to</span> <span m='148890'>trying</span> <span m='149090'>new</span> <span m='149350'>things,</span> <span m='149640'>maybe</span> <span m='149860'>step</span> <span m='150080'>outside</span> <span m='150440'>your</span> <span m='150980'>comfort</span> <span m='151410'>level</span> <span m='151710'>a little bit.</span> </p>","file":{"id":329178,"video_id":"2961571582001","name":"1650-Kevin-EnvironWaterRes1","duration":153020,"thumbnail_url":null}});