Main Topic: Physical Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society
Overview: As a Hydrographer, you should have an interest in the ocean, including the ocean floor, currents, tides and waves; You should have technical aptitude and are able to use specialized research equipment; You should be interested in fieldwork and collecting data; You should have an education in surveying, civil engineering, geography or a related field; You should have competence in seamanship. Hydrographers are responsible for surveying and charting coastal and inland waters. They monitor, measure, analyze and describe aspects of the water cycle, the ocean floor, currents, tide measurements and wave information. They also study natural resources that are found in the oceans, as well as the human use of water resources. The information they gather has multiple applications, including the safe, orderly and efficient conduct of marine vessels. Some typical duties include: Perform both field work and data analysis. Perform surveys of the ocean floor, currents, tide measurements and wave information in order to obtain hydrographic data. Monitor water levels and flow, meteorology, sediments and water quality. Search for underwater obstacles in oceans or lakes. Analyze field data using geographic information systems (GIS) software. Select, install, use, calibrate, maintain and repair specialized surveying instruments. Use underwater acoustic equipment to establish and monitor tidal data and outline coastlines. Archive and quality control collected data and information.
Geographers at work: Physical Geographers, Geographic Information Scientists, Water Resource Specialists
Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Environmental Management, Quantitative Methods
Skills: Quantitative Methods, Field Methods, Hydrology
Learn more about Hydrologists from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor:
Written by Christopher Hinojosa