Date Added: Jan 2010
Hydrology is the study of the occurrence, distribution, quality and movement of water in both natural and people-affected environments. Hydrologists contribute to the efficient planning, development and optimal, sustainable utilisation of available water resources, to ensure that sufficient water of acceptable quality can be supplied in the most cost-effective manner. Hydrologists should be interested in the physical environment, be willing to undertake numerical analysis and be computer literate. A keen sense of observation, the ability to work systematically and accurately and the ability to communicate verbally and through written reports are also essential skills. Hydrologists are employed by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, municipalities and engineering or environmental consulting firms.