Water Resource Specialists
SOC: 11-9121.02


Design or implement programs and strategies related to water resource issues such as supply, quality, and regulatory compliance issues.

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Alternate Titles:

  • Community Resource Consultant
  • Environmental Resource Specialist
  • Global Implementation Manager
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrotechnical Specialist
  • National Stormwater Leader
  • Owner, Consulting Engineer
  • Owner, Professional Engineer
  • Power Supply Engineer
  • Purification Director
  • Research Hydraulic Engineer
  • Resource Engineer
  • Senior Group Manager
  • Senior Hydrogeologist
  • Senior Water Resources Engineer
  • VP-Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer
  • Water Quality Assistant
  • Water Quality Specialist
  • Water Resource Agent
  • Water Resource Consultant
  • Water Resource Engineer
  • Water Resource Engineering Specialist
  • Water Resource Manager
  • Water Resource Project Manager
  • Water Resource Specialist
  • Water Resources Business Segment Leader
  • Water Resources Program Director
  • Water Rights Specialist
  • Water Supply Engineer
  • Watershed Manager

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Supervise teams of workers who capture water from wells and rivers.
  • Review or evaluate designs for water detention facilities, storm drains, flood control facilities, or other hydraulic structures.
  • Negotiate for water rights with communities or water facilities to meet water supply demands.
  • Perform hydrologic, hydraulic, or water quality modeling.
  • Compile water resource data, using geographic information systems (GIS) or global position systems (GPS) software.
  • Compile and maintain documentation on the health of a body of water.
  • Write proposals, project reports, informational brochures, or other documents on wastewater purification, water supply and demand, or other water resource subjects.
  • Recommend new or revised policies, procedures, or regulations to support water resource or conservation goals.
  • Provide technical expertise to assist communities in the development or implementation of storm water monitoring or other water programs.
  • Present water resource proposals to government, public interest groups, or community groups.
  • Identify methods for distributing purified wastewater into rivers, streams, or oceans.
  • Monitor water use, demand, or quality in a particular geographic area.
  • Identify and characterize specific causes or sources of water pollution.
  • Develop plans to protect watershed health or rehabilitate watersheds.
  • Develop or implement standardized water monitoring and assessment methods.
  • Conduct technical studies for water resources on topics such as pollutants and water treatment options.
  • Conduct, or oversee the conduct of, investigations on matters such as water storage, wastewater discharge, pollutants, permits, or other compliance and regulatory issues.
  • Conduct cost-benefit studies for watershed improvement projects or water management alternatives.
  • Analyze storm water systems to identify opportunities for water resource improvements.
  • Develop strategies for watershed operations to meet water supply and conservation goals or to ensure regulatory compliance with clean water laws or regulations.
  • Conduct, or oversee the conduct of, chemical, physical, and biological water quality monitoring or sampling to ensure compliance with water quality standards.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automated water sampling equipment
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Chlorine testers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital pH meters
  • Dissolved oxygen indicators
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Grab samplers
  • Gravitational field indicators
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Mobile radios
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Multiparameter water probes
  • Nitrate meters
  • Nitrite meters
  • Personal computers
  • Plankton nets
  • Rain gauges
  • Seines
  • Stream flow gauges
  • Temperature gauges
  • Titrators
  • Total dissolved solids TDS meters
  • Total stations
  • Turbidimeters
  • Water conductivity testers
  • Water flow meters
  • Water quality test kits
  • Water samplers
  • Database software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
  • ESRI ArcInfo
  • ESRI ArcPad
  • ESRI ArcView
  • ESRI ArcView 3D Analyst
  • FishXing software
  • Global positioning system GPS software
  • Google Earth Pro
  • Laboratory information management system LIMS software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • MWH Soft InfoSWMM
  • Scientific Software Group RIVERMorph
  • Structured query language SQL
  • TIBCO Spotfire S+
  • Wallingford Software InfoSewer
  • Wallingford Software InfoWater
  • Wallingford Software InfoWorks CS
  • Wallingford Software InfoWorks WS
  • Water flow modeling software
  • Web browser software

  • management

    industry stats

    SOC: 11-0000

    Total Employed: 6,936,990

    Average Annual Salary: $115,020