Water Resource Specialists make sure that water is safe, clean, and plentiful.
• Sample and test water for chemicals
• Help others conserve water
• Find causes of water pollution
Where and When:
• Most work for the state, local, or U.S. government.
• Many work for big engineering firms.
• Some work for smaller companies and businesses.
• Many new water resource specialists spend a lot of time outside or "in the field".
• More experienced water resource specialists may work most of the time in a lab or office.
• Some often take field trips to different places.
• They work in all kinds of weather.
• They work when it is very hot, very cold, or in between.
• Some may work long hours traveling or writing reports.
What or Who They Work With:
• Binocular light microscope
• Fishing nets
• Water flow meters
• Nitrate meters
• Water samplers and test kits
• Science software
• Map software
• Word processing software
• Many work with other conservation scientists and technicians.
• They also work with business people or government workers.
• Many work with engineers in large engineering firms.
Education and Training:
• Most have a Master's degree (6 years of college).
• Few have a Bachelor's degree (4 years of college).
• Those who want to teach or conduct research at a college or university need a Ph.D. (8 years or more of college).
• Most require training or education in engineering.
• This job requires classes in science, technology, engineering and math.
- Biological Scientist
- Conservation Scientist
- Geoscientist or Hydrologist
- Science Technician
Related School Subjects:
• Earth Science
- Why Should I Save Water? by Jen Green and Mike Gordon
- The Secret of Water by Masaru Emoto
- Water (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) by Alexandra Fix
- One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss
- The Water Cycle: First Facts, Water All Around by Rebecca Olien
- A Project Guide to Earth's Waters (Earth Science Projects for Kids) by Christine Petersen
- The Water Hole by Graeme Base
- The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman
- Water Dance by Thomas Locker
- The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
- The Magic School Bus Wet All Over: A Book About the Water Cycle by Pat Reif and Carolyn Bracken