Water Resource Analyst

Investigate how water is used in homes and businesses.
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Salary Range
$26,000 – $71,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Water Resource Analysts do?

The basic function of a Water Resource Analyst is to observe and investigate the ways water is used by businesses, communities, and recreational consumers.

Water is all around us. Rain, lakes, rivers, streams—they all provide resources for humans to draw from. People use that water for cooking and cleaning inside their homes, and businesses use it to produce products and electricity that we use every day. Without proper management, this natural resource would become polluted and unusable. Water Resource Analysts make sure that doesn’t happen.

Your job as a Water Resource Analyst is to ask questions, review engineering reports, and evaluate how water is being used. With that information, you complete and submit reports, which verify state and federal standards are met.

This is not just a paper-pushing job. The main focus in this position is on water quality and conservation. You make a difference. You ensure that our water quality is at safe and healthy levels, both inside the home, and in our rivers and lakes. You help businesses and land owners plan effective methods of irrigation that require less water and ways to reduce waste run-off from their properties.

In these ways and many others, you protect the environment’s resources, reduce impact on waterways, and strive to find more effective and efficient ways to transfer water to and from businesses, homes, and recreational facilities.

This position allows for a wide range of skill levels, and there are opportunities at the entry level as well as advanced positions.

Should I be a Water Resource Analyst?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Resource Manager Forester

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