Geologist, Water

Minimum  M. Sc. (Hydrology)

Not required

The tasks a Hydrologist is expected to perform include:

Studying the distribution, disposition and development of waters of land areas

Studying the form and intensity of precipitation and modes of return of water to the ocean and atmosphere

Mapping and charting water flow and disposition of sediment

Measuring changes in water volume due to evaporation and melting of snow

Studying storm occurrences, nature and the movement of glaciers and determining the rate of ground absorption and ultimate disposition of water

Evaluating data obtained in reference to problems such as flood and drought forecasting, soil and water conservation programmes, etc.

Planning water supply, water power, flood control, drainage, irrigation, crop production and inland navigation projects

In-depth knowledge of the water distribution on land area 

Skilled in assessing the volume of water distribution

Skilled in analyzing surface and underground water regarding precipitation and its distribution

Skilled in estimating the change in the volume of water due to natural reasons

Knowledge of the sediments in the water

Knowledge of different types of problems of an area, related to water

Skilled in providing solutions to the problems like soil erosion, floods, drought, etc.

Not Applicable




Strong analytical and reasoning skills

Good communication skills

Attention to detail


It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Companies usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous as per The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

For freshers - INR 40,000 to INR 58,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Market Trend of the Power Industry in India

The Indian power sector is one of the most diversified in the world. Sources for power generation range from commercial ones such as coal, lignite, natural gas, oil, hydro and nuclear power to other viable non-conventional sources such as wind, solar and agriculture and domestic waste. The demand for electricity in the country has been growing at a rapid rate and is expected to grow further in the years to come. In order to meet the increasing requirement of electricity, a massive addition to the installed generating capacity in the country is required. As per the International Energy Agency (IEA) publication on World Energy Statistics 2013, India ranks 5th in electricity production and 110th in the per-capita consumption of electricity. The investment climate is positive in the power sector. Due to the policy of liberalization, the sector has witnessed higher investment flows than envisaged.

The Government of India has identified the power sector as a key sector of focus to promote sustained industrial growth. The government is targeting a capacity addition of around 89 GW under the 12th (2012?17) and around 100 GW under the 13th (2017?22) Five-Year Plan. The expected investment in the power sector during the 12th Plan (2012?17) is US$ 223.9 billion. This shows that in coming decades a boom can be expected in the sector with immense demand for trained professionals.Therefore, the career of a Hydrologist has a bright future and opportunities are only going to rise in the coming years.

Government geology department


Cities and towns across India