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Water Quality Inspector

Water Quality Inspector

Water Quality Inspector 

Main Topic: Physical Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society 

Overview: Water quality inspectors measure pollutants in water that may damage ecosystems or hurt humans. They take samples of water and make sure that any substances inside the water meet legal standards and guidelines. They also must respond to any complaints in water quality and potentially help educate the public on ways to protect water quality. Geographers make excellent water quality specialists as they are well informed about the hydrologic process. They also are familiar with the negative consequences that water pollutants have on communities and wildlife. In order to be a good water quality specialist, one must be passionate about the environment and the community that lives there.  

Geographers at work: Physical Geographers, Water Resource Geographers

Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Environmental Management, Quantitative Methods, Geography, Regional Geography, Qualitative Methods, Geographic Information Systems

Skills: Hydrology, environmental sustainability, regional geography, water analysis. 

Occupation Group: Green Jobs & Production

Learn more about Water Quality Inspectors from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor:



Written by Kaleigh Shuler