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Hydrometric Technician and Technologist

Hydrometric technicians and technologists may work independently or provide technical support for hydrologists and related scientists and engineers.

Also Known As

Biological Sciences Technician/Technologist, Environmental Technician/Technologist, Groundwater Technician, Physical Sciences Technician/Technologist

Regulated Occupation

Employment and Advancement

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Hydrometric technicians and technologists are employed by the following types of organizations:

  • geology and engineering consulting firms
  • environmental consulting firms
  • petroleum and mining companies
  • manufacturing, construction and utility companies
  • government departments
  • educational institutions.

At times, overseas work may be available.

Advancement opportunities depend on the size and nature of the employing organization, and the individual's education and experience.

Hydrometric technicians and technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2212: Geological and mineral technologists and technicians. In Alberta, 82% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 5,100 Albertans are employed in the Geological and mineral technologists and technicians occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.8% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 41 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As hydrometric technicians and technologists form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for hydrometric technicians and technologists.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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